Egypt have been one of the leading lights in African Volleyball since they won the African Nations Championship in 1983 to qualify for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, where they finished 10th.
The next appearance of the Egyptians in the Summer Games was at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, where they finishing 11th, They succeeded in advancing to the Summer Games in Beijing once again in 2008 by beating Algeria in a pulsating five-set final in Durban, South Africa, to win the African Olympic Qualification Tournament with a 100 percent record.
From 2005 to 2007, the team has started to reap the benefits of the plan to constantly feed and rejuvenate with up-and-coming youth and junior players.
A hot streak of form started in 2005 when Egypt won the golden medal in Mediterranean Games in Almaria, Spain. They then claimed the African Nations Championship to qualify for the 2005 World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.
Nowadays, Egypt can lay claim to be the best African nation, considering their participation in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 World League.
An appearance in the 2006 World Championship in Japan supports this claim.
In 2007, the team further proved their worth by winning all matches in the All African Games, also winning the 2007 African Nations and qualifying for 2007 World Cup in Japan.
At the World Cup, Egypt, whose ranks are usually dominated with players from the mighty Al Ahly Club, stepped up a level and was highly competitive against world-class teams. The North Africans won their last three matches to finish in ninth place, an excellent result for an African Volleyball team.
They were inspired by captain Hamdy Awad (Elsafi) and exciting young attacking talent Ahmed Abd Elnaeim (A. Salah).
As of January 5, 2008, Egypt ranked 14th in the FIVB World Ranking. Their previous position was 18th.
The team has made a huge leap in the last few years. The ambition now is to reach an even higher level and become one of the world's top teams.