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Algerian team united says coach

Experience playing world class teams is one of the things Algeria has taken from the FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 said coach Ikhedji Mouloud

Algeria player Fatima Zahra Oukazi:
“We could have performed better than our result. Our reception wasn’t good, and this was a difficult match. Today’s match was our last in the tournament, so I hoped to perform well. But as you can see from the result, we couldn’t. This competition was a good experience. Playing against good teams helped us improve our performance which we need to maintain our position in Africa.”

Algeria coach Ikhedji Mouloud:
“We were disappointed with today’s result. I wish we could have played at the same level we played against Serbia yesterday. We couldn’t maintain our concentration.”

On their achievement here in Japan, and improvement going forward: “The most important thing we take away from here in Japan is experience playing vs world class opponents. Within Africa we had success, but without going abroad to play world class teams it’s hard to improve. Here, we have united the team and this is important as we take the next step forward. I wish we could win points not only by opponent errors, but also from our own play. We have to work on this and improve.”

Poland captain Aleksandra Jagielo:
“I will not deny that the aim of our game today was to win. It’s good that we won. I’m happy that girls who didn’t play before were given a chance to gain some match experience here before the next round.”

Poland coach Jerzy Matlak:
“It’s difficult to say more than my captain has said and I agree with her. In my opinion the last three matches were fairly easy and we have to remember that the next round won’t be as easy. We have to be fully concentrated to play and win.”

Regarding resting his team before the next round in comparison to other teams like China and Russia who are still fighting: “I’m not sure how the next pool will look, but the match between Korea and Turkey will determine our next opponent. It won’t be an easy match. We have three days of rest starting this afternoon which will allow us to recover. We have a few injuries and health problems. Our players will be aware that it won’t be as easy in the next round, but they will be psychologically ready to stand in the next pool.”


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