FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

Press release

Algeria set to challenge Egypt and Nigeria for African title

Algeria are among the favourites for the Women's Junior African Nations Championship

Algiers, Algeria, March 12, 2013 - Algeria’s women’s junior team have completed their preparations and are now ready for the 2013 Women's Junior African Nations Championship that starts in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday, March 14.

Algeria will face stiff competition from defending champions Egypt and hosts Nigeria, though their north-African rivals Tunisia won’t be competing for the trophy after their last minute withdrawal. Sierra Leone and Madagascar were also forced to pull out. 

The Algerian team will be led by head coach Aimad Eddine Saidani and his assistant Abdelhakim Sahli. They are aiming to end their wait for the gold medal that stretches back to 2006 and qualify for the FIVB Women U20 World Championship that will be held in the Czech Republic in June.

"We go to Nigeria with the aim of winning the Championship as we have a highly-experienced team, especially those who played in the younger age-group (U18) two years ago,” Saidani said. “They were runners-up at the competition held in Cairo and represented the continent in the World Championship in Turkey."

Defending champions Egypt will be the biggest challenge for Algeria, as much of the team that won the African crown two years ago are still in the team. Hosts Nigeria meanwhile will use the home crowd to drive their return back to top-level of the sport with a new generation of players.

“Four of the squad played at London 2012 Olympic Games who are Sarra Belhocine, Samia Dallel, Moroua Achour and Celia Bourihane and they will add to our experience,” Saidani said. “The team will also feature three very young players; Yasmine Abderahim, Nawel Hammouche and TItem Hani who are all members in the U18 team."

Algeria squad: Nadira Ait Oumghar , Yasmine Abderahim Sarah Akroun, Louiza Bayou, Sarra Belhocine, Wissem Dali Samia, Dallel Meroua Achour, Ahmel Zaidi, Celia Bourihane, Chanez Nawel Hammouche Ayadi, TItem Hani.

Download highresolution


| More

More press releases

30.06.2013 23:37:05
China paint it red for second time in history
Brno, Czech Republic, June 30, 2013 – In front 4,000 thrilled spectators, world No. 1 China clinched their second FIVB Women’s U20 World Champions... More...
30.06.2013 22:52:20
China coach Jiande Xu: There is no secret for China’s success in this age category. It is just hard work
Brno, Czech Republic, June 30, 2013 – China coach Jiande Xu and Japan coach Yasuhiro Fukuda shared their emotions at the press conference after Sund... More...
30.06.2013 22:33:36
China win gold beating Japan 3-0 at Women’s U20 World Championship
Brno, Czech Republic, June 30, 2013 – The gold medal at the Women’s U20 World Championship goes to China, which was missing it since their first v... More...
30.06.2013 22:03:25
Brasil Rosamaria Montibeller: We wanted the gold, but we are very happy for this bronze medal
... More...
30.06.2013 21:09:55
My team had the possibility to finish in the top eight, says Bulgaria coach
Brno, Czech Republic, June 30, 2013 – In today’s last match at Brno’s Vodova hall, it was Bulgaria who emerged victorious versus Chinese Taipei ... More...
30.06.2013 20:26:34
Bulgaria sign off with 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei
Brno, Czech Republic, June 30, 2013 – Bulgaria prevailed against Chinese Taipei in the fight for ninth spot at the 2013 FIVB Women's U20 World Champ... More...
30.06.2013 20:21:36
Bronze for Brazil, their 12th medal in 17 editions
Brno, Czech Republic, June 30, 2013 – Brazil, the only team to participate in every edition of the World Championship U20 so far, got the bronze on ... More...
30.06.2013 18:30:30
Czech Republic captain Lucie Herbockova: For the first time in this tournament we could please our coach
... More...
30.06.2013 18:15:17
Czech Republic smile after the tie break with Peru
Brno, Czech Republic, June 30, 2013 – Czech Republic concluded their World Championship played in the home venue Kajot on Sunday and they wrote No. ... More...
30.06.2013 17:48:29
The key point of the tournament was our loss against the Dominican Republic, says Colombia captain
Brno, Czech Republic, June 30, 2013 – Colombia prevailed 3-0 over a mild Egyptian team who could hardly find their rhythm. We won today but I do not... More...