FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 ALG / Algeria

 
Team manager KHELIFI MOURAD
Coach SAIDANI AIMAD EDDINE
Assistant coach JIMINEZ AMARO CANDIDA ROSA
2nd assistant coach
Doctor ZOUANI AMINE
Physiotherapist HARBOUCHE FATIMA ZOHRA
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Nadira Ait Oumghar Ait Oumghar 09.10.1994 182 73 281 276 SEDDOUK VOLLEYBALL
  2   Dallal Merwa Achour Achour 03.11.1994 175 60 279 273 ASV BLIDA
  L 3 Salima Hammouche Salima 17.01.1984 158 54 270 265 G.S.PETROLIERS
  4   Fatma Zahra Djouad Djouad 12.07.1988 180 62 295 285 MBBEJAIA
  5 Sarra Belhocine Belhocine 18.09.1994 176 58 272 266 GS PETROLIERS
  6   Silya Magnana Magnana 16.03.1991 180 71 295 286 MB BEJAIA
  7 Manel Yagoubi Yagoubi 25.06.1992 178 70 295 290 NEDJMET CHLEF
  8   Zohra Bensalem Bensalem 05.04.1990 178 68 310 299 G.S.PETROLIERS
  9 Amina Saoud Amina 18.07.1993 173 62 295 280 ASWBEJAIA
  10   Fatima Zahra Oukazi Mazori 18.01.1984 175 67 295 283 G.S.PETROLIERS
  C 11 Mouni Abderrahim Mouni 19.11.1985 171 60 305 293 MB BEJAIA
  12   Safia Boukhima Boukhima 10.01.1991 176 64 294 284 G.S.PETROLIERS
  L 13 Nawal Mansouri Mansouri 01.08.1985 174 64 291 281 MB BEJAIA
  14   Kahina Messaoudene Messaoudene 15.07.1992 183 56 299 290 ASW BEJAIA
  15 Aicha Mezemate Mezemate 06.06.1991 187 75 300 285 AMIENS LONGUEAU METROPOLE VB
  16   Siham Saoud Siham 18.07.1993 174 62 295 280 ASW BEJAIA
  17 Lydia Oulmou Oulmou 02.02.1986 181 59 291 284 HAINAUT VOLLEY
  18   Tassadit Aissou Sassa 19.06.1989 184 80 295 285 NEDJMET CHLEF
  19 Celia Bourihane Bourihane 22.01.1995 177 60 295 289 NCBEJAIA
  20   Kahina Arbouche Arbouche 04.09.1993 175 60 295 280 ASW BEJAIA
  21 Yasmine Ousalah Ousalah 04.07.1993 174 60 270 268 ASW BEJAIA
  22   Nawel Hammouche Hammouche 25.04.1997 181 62 280 276 Ncbejaia
 C = Captain   L = Libero
 
Team profile

Algeria have been Africa’s flagship women’s team in recent years, hence their nomination by the Africa Confederation to represent the continent at the 2013 World Grand Prix for the very first time. After missing out on participating in the 2012 World Grand Prix 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 the cities of 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 world age-group 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 still in the squad while regular skipper Fatima Zahra Oukazi returns after missing London.

Recent results where Algeria impressed at the FIVB Women’s World Championship 2010 despite not winning a set, clinched silver at the African Championships, gold at the All-Africa Games in 2011 and qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games, have seen them rise to 14th in the world rankings.

Algeria’s only victory in an FIVB competition (not including qualifiers) since making their debut on the FIVB scene at the 2008 Olympic Games 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 the World Grand Prix 2013.

 
Coach profile

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 16th 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.