Cairo, Egypt, January 23, 2005 - Egypt and Tunisia girls U-18 secured the African Vacancies in 2005 Girls U-18 World Championship to be held in Macao next August after they ended the seventh Girls U-18 African Nations’ Championship in Cairo, Egypt ranked first and second respectively. The third and final day of the competition showed Egypt sweeping Algeria in straight sets (25-16, 25-13, 25-4) in less than an hour.
This result put Egypt on top of the three Nations competition with four points followed by Tunisia, (which was in a rest in the final day), second with three points. Algeria finished the competition third with two points after losing against the two other teams.
The final match showed great progress in the skills of the African girls specially in the attacking tactics by the net. Egyptian players showed their best performance since the establishment of the team, especially the central blocker Hagar Maged and the wing spiker Marwa Abdel Razek.
The Algerian team was competitive only in the first set using the strong spiker Zohra Bensalem and the solid block of Amel Ouzegdouh to go point by point with Egypt until the second technical time out when Egypt led the net by Hagar to end the set 25-16.
The Algerian players were down in the second and third sets to lose easily 25-13 and 25-4 respectively after a group of spikes from Hagar from position 3 and Marwa from position 2.
The Egyptian team had the most experienced players in the competition because it had seven players who participate in the higher range age category having participated in the Women's U- 20 African Nations Championship in Abuja, Nigeria in December 2004 where they also won the crown. Those players will thus participate in two World Championships within a month, namely the 2005 Women U-20 World Championship in Turkey in July and 2005 Girls U-18 World Championship in Macao in August.
Egyptian coach Hesham Badrawy said happily; We had now all the women continental crowns in all age categories as we won the last senior women championship in Kenya in 2003, followed by the under 20 cup in 2004 and now the under 18 in 2005. He added that some of these young players will join the first team in the coming 2006 World Championship qualification next March to get enough experience before the World Championship.