Positional change provides
Egypt’s Ahmed Said with path
to U21 World Championship
Egypt may have fallen narrowly short in their quest to win the Men’s
Junior African Nations Championship when they lost to Tunisia in the
final, but there were two silver linings to go with their silver medals.
Firstly, Egypt’s second place finish ensured that they qualified for this
year’s FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship in Turkey. And then there
was the emergence of promising opposite Ahmed Said, who served
notice of his talent and likelihood of becoming a fixture in Egypt’s
national teams for years to come.
Big things are expected of Ahmed Said after he has impressed at age-group level.
Russian All-Star Game
produces fiesta of volleyball
Two of Russia’s Olympic heroes were pitted against each other in a
novel twist on the All-Star Game format at the Druzhba Sports Arena
in Moscow. Maxim Mikhaylov and Sergey Tetyukhin were appointed
as captains of the two teams and the 24-year-old Mikhaylov led a
side made up of the cream of Russia’s crop of youngsters, while
Tetyukhin, 37, captained a side composed entirely of players over 30.
Alexander Volkov was coach of Mikhaylov’s team and was assisted
courtside by Russia’s coach at the London Games Vladimir Alekno.
Maxin Mikhaylov led a side of young players to glory in the Russian All-Star Match.