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2009 FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup
Osaka - Nagoya, Japan
18 - 23 November 2009

 Press Release
Egypt qualifies for Grand Champions Cup by winning African crown

Egypt celebrates its continental championship
Tetouan, Morocco, October 4, 2009 — Defending champions Egypt claimed its fifth African title and third in a row by easing past Algeria 3-0 in the final of the 2009 Men’s African Nations Championship at Tetouan Stadium Hall on Sunday.

With the win, Egypt secured the African berth at the 2009 FIVB Grand Champions Cup in Japan for the second time.

Cameroon cruised past Morocco to win the bronze medal, making it the first time in history that Morocco finished off the podium.

The final was attended by CAVB President Dr. Amr Elwani, Tetouan Governor Mohamed Ed Ammar, Wali of Tetouan Khazaini Idress, Cameroon Ambassador in Morocco Mouhamadou Youssef, CAVB Vice President Louis Majore Timba, Morocco Volleyball Federation President Abdel Hadi Ghzali, SOC Delegate Mounir Ben Slimane, Referee Delegate Hassan Ahmed, CAVB Technical Director Mrs. Howyda Mondy, and the representative of the Ministry of Youth and sport Abdel Kader Al Zouin.

Egypt needed only 62 minutes to cruise past Algeria in the final 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-11) with solid blocks and the razor-sharp spikes that completely befuddled the Algerian team.

It was Egypt’s fifth continental championship after wins in 1976, 1983, 2005 and 2007. Algeria lost its first final since 1993.

Egypt got off to a good start thanks to the spike service of Ahmed Salah, who was named the tournament MVP, and setter Abdalla Abdel Salam. Algeria called a timeout at 7-3 that seemed to work as the team stayed close until 19-19, before Egypt cut down on their service mistakes to win the set 25-21.

The spike service of Abdalla and Salah was no match for Algeria’s weak reception and middle blockers Rashad Shebl and Abdel Latif Othman shut down the Algerian offense, especially Ali Kerboua and Mohamed Chikhi, to give the second set to Egypt 25-16.

Egypt was up 8-0 at the FTT in the third frame and the services of Abdalla, Salah and Moneim continued to be too much for Algeria to handle and the set was quickly won by Egypt, 25-11.

Earlier, Cameroon beat Morocco 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-15) in the bronze-medal match, finishing third for the fourth time in a row.

Tunisian overcame a sluggish start to defeat Libya 3-1 (14-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-18) in the battle for fifth, while South Africa placed seventh with an epic five setter (25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-11) against Botswana.


Individual Awards

MVP: Ahmed Salah (EGY)

Best spiker: Ndaki Mboulet (CMR)

Best blocker: Ali Kerboua (ALG)

Best server:Khalid Satour (MAR)

Best setter: Abdalla Abdel Salam (EGY)

Best digger:Mohamed Abdel Moneim (EGY)

Best receiver: Adel Mahmoudi (ALG)

Best libero: Wael Al Aydy (EGY)


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