PRESS RELEASE 04.11.2003


Egypt men prepare for World Cup with camp in Osaka

November 4, 2003 - The Egyptian men's Volleyball team is preparing to leave for Japan on Friday where they will compete in the Men's World Cup, which runs from November 16-30, and will enter a training camp, which includes three friendly matches, in Osaka straight away to get themselves set for one of the biggest competition's in their federation's history.

Egypt coach Vesline Vukovic put his side through a training programme in Cairo in October after the team had completed a gold medal winning performance at the All Africa Games in Nigeria.

Vukovic will choose the final 12 players for the World Cup within the next two days as he confirms the playing make up of his squad at the training camp now.

Malaria, which affected many Egyptian athletes at the All Africa Games was a hindrance to the team's World Cup build up but Vukovic, the former coach of Serbia and Montenegro, has virtually settled on his squad.

The team is expected to include experienced players like the wing spiker Hamdy Elsafy, libero Wael Alaydy and emerging stars Salah Eldin, Saleh Fathy and Mahmoud Hassona.

The Serbian coach stated that a 10th place finish at the World Cup would be considerable for his team at this stage and after one year, when the young stars will replace the older and wiser players, Egyptian Volleyball may show a great advance towards the world level.