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African teams to compete for Club World Championships Berth


Ahly and Zamalek played in the all Egyptian final at the 2010 Men's African Club Championship

Cairo, Egypt, April 26, 2011 - Sixteen teams are expected to fight for a FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship berth when the 2011 Men’s African Club Championship begins at Ahly Club in Cairo, Egypt from April 28 to May 7.

The competition will be held at the Abdalla El Faysal Hall in Ahly Club, the same venue that has hosted the event two times in the last decade in 2003 and 2009.

The competition was expected to attract more clubs to compete, but the sudden withdrawal of Morocco, who were meant to organize the event, two weeks ago affected the number of participating teams in the competition that had expected to have a record of 22 participants.

The drawing of lots for the competition will be completed on Wednesday where the teams will be divided into four preliminary pool with the top two teams qualifying for the quarterfinal. The winners of the quarters will continue their pathway to the semifinal and final. The third and fourth of each of the preliminary pools will play for the 9-16 brackets.

The all time record holders Al Ahly of Egypt will be favourites to add one more crown to the eight titles already under their built especially with the absence of rivals Zamalek who withdrew at the last minute. Zamalek played the last three finals against Ahly in Libya 2008, Egypt 2009 and Tunisia 2010. Al Guish (The Egyptian Army) will join Ahly to represent the hosts.

The Algerian champions Blida and Setif come as the biggest competitors for the country that won the silver medal of the 2009 African Nations Championship.

FAP and Port of Cameroon are also big forces as both teams are regular participants constituting the teams qualifying to the decisive rounds of the competition.

Prisons of Kenya will be looking for a double after their female counterparts qualified for the World Championship early this month and the side will be joined by local compatriots General Service Unit.

Other participating teams are Daim Hamad, Al Saggana and Al Nahda from Sudan, Sunshine Brothers from Nigeria, Rukinzo from Burundi, Redskins from Lesotho, Inter Club form Congo Brazzaville and the National University of Rwanda.


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