Casablanca, Morocco, July 2, 2007 - The two African representatives in the 2007 Volleyball World Championship, Egypt and Morocco, will finalize their preparation programme for the FIVB prestigious competition through two friendly matches for both teams before the start of the competition on July 7. The two African teams meet on Tuesday in a friendly match in Casablanca, Morocco before the Egyptian team ends the preparation with another friendly against Iran on Thursday.
The Egyptian team passed a preparation camp in Portugal last week which included three friendly matches against their Portuguese counterparts. The Egyptian Head coach Sherif El Shemerly selected the squad for the World championship which includes Karim Farag, Hossam Yousef, Mohamed El Daabosi, Mohamed Abdel Moniem, Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Yehea, Ahmed Hassan, Rami Samir, Ahmed Youssef, Ahmed El Mahi, Mohamed Moustafa and Mohamed Meawad.
The Moroccan team had a local camp in Morocco then they played a group of friendly matches against the team qualified for the World championship.
Both African teams had the problem of the short preparation time due to the late collection of the players because of the late finishing of their end year exams.
“I think our main problem now is the late end start of the preparation,” said the Egyptian Head coach. “We need at least three weeks to reach to our top form, but we will try to do our best to be within the final eight teams” he added.
Egypt will play within Pool A in the finals with USA, Slovenia, Argentina, Brazil and Russia, while Morocco was drawn in Pool B with Cuba, Iran, Italy, Bulgaria, and Japan.
On the other hand the organizing committee of the competition headed by Abdel Hadi Ghzali, the Moroccan Volleyball President put everything in order for the proper organization of the competition which is the first ever FIVB event for the African country.