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Pool A participants to play for positioning in third round

Pool A teams gather for a technical meeting
Chlef, Algeria, May 26, 2009 – The stage is set for an exciting three-team battle in Africa Pool A second-round play of the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship at Naceria Hall.

Morocco squares off against Nigeria on Opening Day Tuesday, while host Algeria enters the fray a day later.

All three nations appearing at the round-robin competition have already qualified for the third round, following the withdrawal of Congo earlier in the week.

The winner of Pool A advances to Africa D Pool in Tunisia, where the hosts, Kenya, and the third-place finisher from Pool B await. The second- and third-place finishers in Pool A head to Africa C Pool in Egypt, where they will play the hosts and Botswana.

Algerian head coach Fayçal Hamida Bencharif said he will watch the opening match carefully in preparation for matches against both teams. Algeria is considered the strongest team in the pool, as four of the players suit up for professional clubs in Europe.

Morocco, with a team largely made up of members from the side that represented the country at the 2007 Men’s Junior World Championship, is looking to return to the elite group of teams in Africa.

Likewise, Nigeria is also aiming to regain their prestige after eight years outside the final four in Africa.

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