PRESS RELEASE 03.10.2004


10th All Arab Games: Egypt claim gold as Africa dominate podium

Beleida, Algeria, October 3, 2004 - The Egyptian men's team regained their dominance over both African and Arab sides after their thrilling 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 25-27, 25-21) victory over the organizers Algeria in the final of the Volleyball competition at the 10th All Arab Games in Beleida, Algeria on Sunday.

Egypt found Algeria a completely different team than the one they played in the preliminary round, when Egypt defeated the Algerians easily in straight sets.

The first two sets ran almost to plan with comfortable wins like the preliminary round with Egypt using their big gun Hamdy El-Safy to penetrate the Algerian block aided by the experienced setter Maged Mostafa.

When Egypt started the third set with the same rhythm everyone thought that the first match scenario will be repeated, but Egypt started making mistakes and with the Algerian setter playing superbly, talented spikers Mahdy Hachemi and Nassim turned the game around for Algeria to fight back from 19-14 down to win 27-25.

The fourth set saw Algeria play well again as they went point by point until 20-20 when Egypt used the strong spikes of El-Safy, Ahmed Salah and Saleh Fathy to win the set 25-21 and claim the gold medal.

Tunisia won the bronze medal by defeating Saudi Arabia, the only Asian team in the semis 3-1 (28-26, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16).