Cameroon, Congo, Gabon one step closer to Men's World Championship
Brazzaville, Congo, November 10, 2013 - Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville and Gabon have advanced to the final stage of African qualifiers for the 2014 Men's World Championship.
Cameroon clinched the gold medal in the zone 4 (Pool P) qualifier for the 2014 FIVB Men's World Championship that was held in Brazzaville from November 7 to 9, after they won their three matches in the four-nation tournament.
Host Congo Brazzaville and Gabon secured their tickets to the final qualification phase as the zone's top two ranked teams, while Cameroon automatically qualified being one of the top three teams in the FIVB ranking.
Cameroon defeated Gabon 3-1 (25-13, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15) in their first match before they overcame Chad 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-17) in the second encounter. They continued their clean sweep by beating host Congo Brazzaville 3-2 (24-26, 25-11, 25-20, 18-25,15-8) to finish at the top of the standings 3-0 and with 8 points.
Congo Brazzaville joined Cameroon in the final qualification phase after they finished in second position with a win-loss ratio of 2-1 (7 points). Gabon came third with 1-2 (2 points) to secure their qualification ticket. Chad ended the tournament in the fourth position (0-3 with 1 point).
In the men's Africa qualification process, the top two teams from zone 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will join the zone 1 and 7 champions in the final qualification phase. The 12 teams will be joined also by the top three African teams in the FIVB Ranking, making a total of 15 teams to be divided into three final pools. The champions of each pool will secure their tickets to the finals of the 2014 FIVB Men's World Championship in Poland.
Men's final pools
Pool 1: Cameroon- Zone 1 winner- Zone 3 winner- Zone 5 winner- Zone 4 runner up
Pool 2: Egypt- Zone 6 winner- Zone 2 winner- Zone 5 runner up- Zone 6 runner up
Pool 3: Tunisia: Zone 7 winner- Zone 4 winner- Zone 2 runner up- Zone 3 runner up