PRESS RELEASE 05.01.2004


Africa Men - Algeria collect first win, Nigeria withdraw from first match

Tunis, Tunisia, January 5, 2004 - Tunis, Tunisia, January 5, 2004 - Algeria started its way positively in the African Olympic Qualification tournament here in Tunisia on Monday after collecting a straight forward 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-22) victory over a promising South African side in their opening match while Nigeria had to pull out of their opening encounter against Tunisia after their flight was delayed.

In the opening match Algeria had to fight back from one set down as South Africa took an early lead to win the first set 25-22 after a good net performance before finding their rhythm in the second set to match on to victory.

Nigeria, meanwhile, will find out on Tuesday whether their chances of qualifying for the Olympics remain intact as the tournament organizing committee will make a decision on Tuesday whether they can still compete in the tournament.

Only three abroad professionals reached Tunisia in time for Nigeria's opening match on Monday and now their progress in the remainder of the tournament is in doubt.

Tuesday sees Algeria play Tunisia while Nigeria is due to meet Egypt if their delay is accepted by the organizing committee.