PRESS RELEASE 13.10.2003


All African Games

Day three: Egypt and Algeria first to qualify for semifinals

Abuja, Nigeria, October 13, 2003 - The Egyptian and Algerian men's teams became the first semifinalist at the All African Games in Nigeria after collecting their third successive victories on Monday.

In the best match of the day Algeria had to fight back from 2-1 down to clinch a marathon 3-2 (25-23, 27-29, 23-25, 25-15, 15-11) win over an emerging Ghana side. After sneaking the first set with the help of their star players Nassim Hedroug and Mohamed Hachemi, Algeria lost their way in the following two with Ghana's prolific scorer Casmir Agbenyegah proving very disruptive before finally finding their rhythm through their block of Tawfik Belaid and Fares Aberkane to finish off the match. Algeria now sits unbeaten on top of Pool A.

In the other Pool A match Leslie Naidoo and Freedom Chyia led South Africa to a 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-7, 25-13) win over Senegal.

In Pool B, Egypt collected their third straight win with a 58 minute straight sets 25-14, 25-12, 25-18 victory over Botswana while Cameroon, the bronze medalist in the last African Nations Championship, recovered from their day one loss to Egypt to beat the Seychelles in straight sets 25-13, 25-23, 25-14.

In the women's competition Kenya, runner's up at the last African Nations' Championship, delivered a Volleyball lesson to the emerging Algeria in Pool B with a 3-0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-21) victory. Kenya superstar Lucy Chege worked efficiently at the net with her teammate Dorcas Ndasaba to control the tall Algerian players.

Pool B leaders Egypt, the last African Champions and the continental representative in the 2003 World Cup in Japan, dismissed Mozambique for their second victory of the tournament in the shortest of yesterday's matches 3-0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-9) in only 50 minutes. The Egyptian players Tahani Toson and Neamat Badawy were the stars of the match along with setter Yossra Selim.

In Pool A, Cameroon pulled of a straight sets 25-20, 26-24, 26-24 victory over title holders the Seychelles.