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Tunisia secures World Championship ticket with Boys Youth African Nations Championship win

Tunisia celebrate defending their Boys Youth African Nations Championship title

Cape Town, South Africa, September 18, 2010 - Defending champions Tunisia secured a 2011 Youth World Championship ticket following a 3-2 (25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 15-25, 15-10) victory over Morocco on the fourth day of the 2010 Boys Youth African Nations Championship held in Cape Town, South Africa. Egypt beat Algeria 3-0 ( 25-8, 25-4, 25-16) to finish second.  

Tunisia v Morocco
No one gave Morocco any chance against the high riding defending champions Tunisia when they met in their final round robin match. With the first set going in Tunisia’s favour the fans expected a quick result.

However the second set proved everyone wrong with Morocco  taking a 16-11 lead. With Morocco’s best blocker Driss Bouhali stubbornly taking on Tunisia’s attackers, he gave his team some breathing space. Had it not been for Tunisian Malek Chekir whose fearless attacking from position 4, Morocco would have taken a commanding lead and closed proceedings earlier on. With both teams keeping the scoreboard ticking over, it was the Moroccans who grabbed the opportunity to clinch victory with a nail biting 26-24 win that leveled matters at 1:1.

The third set saw Tunisians setter Adam Oueslati work his magic with a particular penchant for playing the quick reverse set to give the defending champions the set 25-21 to take a 2-1 lead.

With all guns blazing in the fourth set, Morocco unleashed their full power on a shell shocked Tunisia who had no answer for the sudden rush of adrenalin among the Moroccan attackers. Even Tunisian substitutions failed to change their fortune. Morocco won the set with a morale boosting 25-15 margin.

Fielding his starting line again, the Tunisian coach Hichem Ben Romdhane looked up to the heavens for some divine intervention, knowing that a win for Morocco will open the door for the Egyptians to take the top spot in the competition. Explosive attacks and power blocking were the order of the day in the closely contested fifth set.

Midway through the set it was anybody’s guess which way the result would pan out but when the score reached 12-9, Tunisia had the momentum and it wasn’t long before they closed out the match.

Egypt v Algeria
In a one sided encounter the Egyptians romped home with a straight sets win against a lacklustre Algeria. Never in danger of losing the match, Egypt explored every attacking options conceivable to wrap up the match quickly.

With the tall and strongly built Egyptian middle blocker Mohamed Masoud lurking menacingly at the net, attackers Marawan Mohamed, Kareem Hamdy and Islam Abdelkader  ran riot with the Algerian defence handing Egypt a comfortable first set win.

Egypt maintained their dominance in the second set and raced to a 11-3 lead. With poor reception rearing its ugly head in the Algerian camp they stood by and watched the Egyptians, much to the excitement of the Cape fans, who quickly wrapped up the second set.

The third set say Algeria compete more but with the score at 13-12 in Egypt’s favour, Egypt playmaker Mahmoud Elnagar and Mohamed Masoud turned things around to help Egypt seal the set and the match. Egypt plays South Africa on Saturday knowing a win for the Pharaohs will secure them the silver medal.

Day 4 results
Egypt beat Algeria 3-0 (25-8, 25-4, 25-16)
Tunisia beat Morocco 3-2 (25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 15-25, 15-10)

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