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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Algeria have been Africa’s flagship women’s team in
recent years, hence their nomination by CAVB to represent
the continent at the 2013 World Grand Prix for the very
first time. After missing out on participating in the 2012
edition in the qualifiers on points ratio against Chinese
Taipei, and in the 2011 qualifiers to Kazakhstan, Algeria
will be looking to make the most of the opportunity.
The team is the product of more than 10 years of
development, with most players coming from Bejaia and
Chlef, where a lot was done during the 1990s to identify
new stars. Most of these players started their international
careers in 2000 at the Girls’ African Championship, where
they surprised everyone and won the title. A year later, the
same girls won the junior title, beating everyone in straight
sets, before playing in two age-group world championships.
For Algeria, consistency and experience are the keys,
while further growth is equally important. Whilst some of
Algeria’s players have played or are playing in professional
leagues in Europe, most of them have returned to
their home clubs. And most importantly, despite the
appointment of a new coach in former assistant to the
national team and junior women’s coach Aimad Eddine
Saidani, the nucleus of the side who participated at the
London Olympic Games has been retained. Key attacking
weapon and London 2012 captain Lydia Oulmou, Algeria’s
top scorer from last year’s Olympics Zohra Bensalem and
Algeria’s most experienced player Mouni Abderrahim are
COACH
Former assistant coach to the Algeria
women’s national team at London
2012
Olympic Games, Aimad Eddine
Saidani was appointed coach at the
end of 2012. He has also experience
as coach of the Algeria women’s
junior national team for several
years. He guided them to a 16
th
place finish this year at the
FIVB U20 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.
He is also part of the technical team of Algerian club NC
Bejaia.
ALGERIA
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
14
First appearance at the World Grand Prix
Week 1
C
Week 2
F
Week 3
O
POOLS
still in the squad while regular skipper Fatima Zahra Oukazi
returns after missing London. Recent results (silver at the
African Champs, gold at the All-Africa Games in 2011, their
qualification to London) have seen them rise to 14
th
in the
world rankings. Their only victory in an FIVB competition
(
not including qualifiers) since their debut at the 2008
Olympics was at the 2011 World Cup against Kenya. All
eyes will be on them to see if they can improve on that
record making Africa’s debut at theWorld Grand Prix 2013.