Egypt are one of the leading men’s teams in Africa. They have participated in the Olympic Games three times (1984, 2000, 2008), the FIVB World Championship seven times (1974, 1978, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010), the FIVB World Cup five times (1977, 1985, 1995, 2003, 2007) and the FIVB World League four times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010). They were the first African team to qualify for the World League.
Egypt qualified for this year’s FIVB World Cup after once again showing impressive form at continental level, winning the African Nations Championship in Morocco in September. They have won six African championships – including the last four – and have been All-Africa Games champions five times.
Egypt, whose squad is usually dominated by players from Al Ahly Club, stepped up a level at the last FIVB World Cup in 2007 and were highly competitive against world-class teams. The North Africans won their last three matches to finish a respectable ninth. It is this sort of determination which is expected from Egypt. During the 2010 World Championship their innovation at the net and great team work helped them keep pace with more established opposition and once again, come November, it’s likely to be a similar scenario.
In 2011 the Egyptian Team Won The African Nations. They led all top African teams, including Cameroun, Algeria and Tunisia. With this victory, they qualified to the 2011 World Cup in Japan.
The team participated in the 2012 Olympic Games Qualification Tournament, but failed to repeat their victories against the same teams from The African Nations. They ranked second. This did allow them to participate in the 2012 Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, but it was not to be as the team was disqualified and lost their chance to compete in London.
The Egyptian Team has therefore set themselves the new challenge of winning the 2013 World League qualifications and enter their fifth competition for the World League title.