PRESS RELEASE 14.09.2004


11th African Nations Championships Junior Men- Day one

Nairobi, Kenya, September 14, 2004 - Hosts Kenya and Tunisia made a flying start in the 11th African Nations Championships Junior Men tournament when they convincingly won their opening matches at Kasarani on Tuesday.

Kenya had to fight throughout to beat stubborn Sudan 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-21) in the third match of the day while Tunisia caused a major upset when they beat defending champions Egypt 3-0 (25-21, 25-2, 26-24) in the second match of the day

The much improved Uganda team were the first to register a victory when they beat Botswana 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21) in the opening match as the seven-team Championship got under way in the Moi International Sports Centre indoor gymnasium in Kasarani.

The seven teams, led by defending champions Egypt, will be battling it out for two slots for the World Championship thanks to the increased number of entries after world volleyball governing body FIVB promised Africa two slots if more than six teams entered for this year's Championship.

Kenya dismissed Sudan

Hosts Kenya made full use of home ground advantage to beat Sudan. The opening set was a closely contested affair as the Sudanese lads stretched the hosts to the limit. However Kenya, who was making their maiden appearance in the Championship, gained composure as John Ndung'u, Ibrahim Oduor and team captain Hosea Melly led the attack with powerful spikes to see the hosts lead 8-6 by the first technical time out. Sudan, who are making their third appearance in the tournament, made a strong fight back but Kenya held on to claim the first set.

Kenya raised their game in the next two sets to seal their first win.

Tunisia defeat defending champions

Defending champions Egypt made a false start in their opening match when they were beaten by last year's runners up Tunisia in a closely contested second match of the day.

Mrabet Marouane gave Tunisia the lead, which they held all the way in the first set despite some brave play from Egypt.

The second set saw Tunisia produce fireworks as they attacked the Egyptians from all angles leading all the way to clinch the set. The defending champions, who were now staring defeat in the face, made a strong fight back in the third set but Tunisia pulled away in the end to clinch the win.