Tunis, Tunisia, January 7, 2003 - Egypt opened their campaign at the African Men's Olympic Qualification tournament in Tunisia with a straight sets victory 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 over the fast-improving South African side on Wednesday, this the third day of competition.
Thanks to their stars such as Hamdy Elsafy, Egypt found it easy to penetrate the South African defense, taking just over an hour to claim the spoils. The Russian based star Elsafy and Mahmoud Abdelaziz made it difficult for South Africa to gain any parity during the match except in the second set when the Egyptian coach of South Africa Abdelhamid Elwassimy rearranged his backline defense and deployed a solid block formation in the way of Gerslon Rorich and Sedia Seamane.
The Serbian coach of Egypt Veselin Vukovic used his entire squad throughout the match, with an eye to some important confrontations against Algeria and Tunisia on Friday and Saturday, especially in the third set when he felt the win was virtually guaranteed. The defeat now eliminates all hope South Africa had of qualifying for the Olympics at this tournament after losing for the second time.
Thursday is a rest day in Tunisia before the competition starts again on Friday with Egypt playing Algeria and Tunisia taking on South Africa.