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World Championship dreams close to becoming reality for Congo's Nkouka

The Congolese star first started playing volleyball in 1998 and was picked for the youth national team even before he turned 15. He later played for the junior team from 2002 until he became a member of the senior national team in 2007.

Tunis, Tunisia, March 6, 2014 – Qualifying for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 seemed a dream for Congo Brazzaville’s opposite attacker Nkouka Abrahys.

However, it is a dream that is close to becoming reality as his team progresses through the matches of the 2014 World Championship qualification tournament Pool V in Tunis, Tunisia.

The emerging star, who also plays with GS Petroliers in Algeria, is highly motivated to win the tournament and the coveted ticket to this year’s FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship that will be held in Poland from August 30 to September 21.

"We are happy to pass the sub zonal and zonal phases of the qualifiers and now we are one step towards the biggest dream to be among the best teams from all over the world in Poland,” he said excitedly.

Nkouka is a key player on the Congo Brazzaville team and was the top scorer for Congo in the team’s two victories to date in the qualifier and is also one of the competition’s best scorers in the tournament as a whole. In his position as opposite attacker he is an important player for his team as he sends his sharp hits from position two. 

"We first concentrated on passing the sub zonal phase and after we did our only through was to reach the final phase of the qualifiers. Little by little our dreams have become more and more a reality and now we are thinking of how to beat powerhouses Tunisia to reach the top volleyball event in the world," he added.

Nkouka’s ambition is to play abroad in Europe in a bigger club where he can use his talent.

"I started my professional career in Setif of Algeria but I couldn't achieve any title with them. I transferred to Bourj Bouaririj to win a league and three cup titles in what were my golden days with volleyball. I then shifted to Al Arabi of Kuwait but again without any titles before I returned back to Algeria to play with GSP for the past two years where I won another league title.

"It is good to have dreams with volleyball, but it is better to turn those dreams a reality," he concluded.

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