Egypt men volleyball team started the preparation to All Arab Games in Algeria October 2004 by playing three friendly matches against Croatia men team in Cairo this week in three successive days in Cairo Stadium hall as Egypt had a stunning 3-1 victory in the first match after a very good performance of Egyptian players specially Hamdy El-Safy and the efficient setter Mohamed Abdel-Rahman.
In the second match Egypt had another surprise victory in straight sets 3-0 after a good game in both attacks and defense led by the experienced star El-Safy.
In the third match Saturday, the Croatian players did their best to take the revenge so they played the best match to win 3-0 after a good performance in block and back line defense.
The Serbian coach of Egyptian team, Vecline Vukovic injected new blood in the team to replace the old players who lost the African Olympic ticket against their Arch rivals, Tunisia. He added four players from the youth team who won the fourth place in the Boys U-19 World Championship in Cairo 2001. Mohamed Roshdy, Nabil abdel-Hai and Ashraf Abdel-Aal played the third match to take the international experience.
Egypt will share in an international tour in United Arab Emirates this month before the participation in the Arab Games.