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Cameroon upset Egypt for Rio 2016 Olympic berth

 
Cameroon's Stephanie Fotoso attacks against Egyptian blockers in the final of the African Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament at Palais des Sports on Tuesday
 
Yaoundé, Cameroon, February 16, 2016 – Cameroon will make their first ever Olympic appearance in Rio 2016, following their 3-2 (25-14, 25-27, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7) upset of Egypt in the African Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament at Palais des Sports on Tuesday.

The Cameroonian scoring tandem of Nana Tchoudjang and Stephanie Fotoso reigned over Egyptian scorers Aya El Sham and Nana Meawad. Tchoudjang recorded 21 points, then Fotoso added 19 points to lead Cameroon to their 3-2 triumph. El Shami topped all scorers, then Nada Meawad added 15 markers on a losing effort for Egypt.

Cameroon led comfortably in the first set before Egypt rebounded in the next two frames, utilising their tight block to establish a 2-1 set-advantage. Cameroon fought off elimination in the fourth period with a slim margin. The home team erected a substantial lead over Egypt in the deciding set, which drew loud cheers from its supporters. Finally, Cameroon nailed the finishing touches and secured their Rio 2016 spot at the score of 15-7.

Meanwhile, Kenya seized the bronze medal after a straight-set (25-19, 25-21, 26-24) encounter with Algeria.

Kenyan players Mercy Moim and Kibor Chelagat had a modest scoring output of seven and six points, respectively. Algeria, on the other hand, dominated in scoring, as Yasmine Abdelrrahim and Safia Boukhima outscored their rivals with 11 and eight markers, respectively. However, Kenya ruled in blocks and service aces.

Kenya played with a positive vibe in the first two sets, as they showed persistently executed plays that restrained their Algerian counterparts. Kenya’s constant flow of points stopped, as Algeria led in most parts of the third set. Kenya took advantage of an opportunity in the end game, until they edged Algeria in the tight 26-24 scuffle.

Hosts Cameroon earned the right to represent Africa in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while Egypt and Kenya will have to compete again at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament to be played between May 14 and June 5 at a venue to be confirmed.
 
Final Ranking
1. Cameroon
2. Egypt
3. Kenya
4. Algeria
5. Botswana
6. Tunisia
7. Uganda
  
Best performances
 
Top Scoring Performances
34 - Aya El Shami of Egypt v Kenya (February 15)
22 - Aya El Shami of Egypt v Cameroon (February 16)
21 - Nana Tchoudjang of Cameroon v Egypt (February 15)
20 - Moma Bassoko of Cameroon v Tunisia (February 12)
20 - Lydia Maiyo of Kenya v Cameroon (February 14)
19 - Gasekgonwe Gaoleseletse of Botswana v Tunisia (February 15)
19 - Tracy Chaba of Botswana v Tunisia (February 15)
19 - Mercy Moim of Kenya v Egypt (February 15)
19 - Stephanie Fotso of Egypt v Kenya (February 16)
18 - Safia Boukhima of Algeria v Botswana (February 12)
17 - Gasekgonwe Gaoleseletse of Botswana v Uganda (February 14)
15 - Mercy Moim of Kenya v Cameroon (February 14)
14 - Simone Bikatal of Cameroon v Tunisia (February 12)
14 - Nada Meawad of Egypt v Kenya (February 15)
 
Top Blocking Performances
7 - Retshabile Tsholofelo of Botswana (February 15)
6 - Stephanie Fotso of Cameroon v Tunisia (February 12)
6 - Stephanie Fotso of Cameroon v Kenya (February 14)
5 - Trizah Atika of Kenya v Cameroon (February 14)
5 - Murambi of Kenya v Egypt (February 15)
5 - Farida El Askalany of Egypt v Cameroon (February 16)
4 - Theorine Aboa of Cameroon v Tunisia (February 12)
4 - Farida El Askalany of Egypt v Botswana (February 13)
4 - Farida El Askalany of Egypt v Algeria (February 14)
4 - Mariam Metally of Egypt v kenya (February 15)
 
Top Blocking Performances by Team
19 - Cameroon v Tunisia (February 12)
17 - Caameroon v Kenya (February 14)
13 - Tunisia v Botswana (February 15)
13 - Kenya v Cameroon (February 14)
13 - Egypt v Kenya (February 15)
13 - Kenya v Egypt (February 15)
12 - Cameroon v Egypt (February 16)
11 - Egypt v Botswana (February 13)
10 - Egypt v Algeria (February 14)
 
Top Serving Performances
3 - Nahla Abdelfattah of Egypt v Uganda (February 12)
3 - Kahina Chettout of Algeria v Egypt (February 14)
2 - Laetitia Moma of Cameroon v Tunisia (February 12)
2 - Safia Boukhima of Algeria v Botswana (February 12)
 
Top Serving Performances by Team
6 - Egypt v Botswana (February 13)
6 - Botswana v Uganda (February 14)
5 - Kenya v Egypt (February 15)
5 - Algeria v Egypt (February 14)
5 - Egypt v Cameroon (February 16)
4 - Cameroon v Tunisia (February 12)
4 - Algeria v Uganda (February 13)
 
Highest Scorer by Round
Day 1: 20 - Moma Bassoko of Cameroon v Tunisia (February 12)
Day 2: 13 - Kahina Arbouche of Algeria v Uganda (February 13)
Day 3: 20 - Lydia Maiyo of Kenya v Cameroon (February 14)
Day 4: 34 - Aya El Shami of Egypt v Kenya (February 15)
Day 5: 22 - Aya El Shami of Egypt v Cameroon (February 16)
 
Highest Set Score
Day 1: Tunisia v Cameroon, 31-29, 3rd set (February 12)
Day 2: Kenya v Tunisia 25-23, 3rd set (February 13)
Day 3: Algeria v Egypt 25-23, 3rd set (February 14)
Day 4: Kenya v Egypt 26-24, 2nd set (February 15)
Day 5:Egytp v Cameroon 27-25, 2nd set (February 16)
 
Highest Scoring Matches
Day 1: Cameroon v Tunisia 3-2 (25-20, 25-20, 29-31, 21-25, 15-6) - 217 points (February 12)
Day 2: Kenya v Tunisia (25-20, 25-17, 25-23) - 135 points (February 13)
Day 3: Botswana v Uganda 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 10-25, 15-11) -198 points (February 14)
Day 4: Egypt v Kenya 3-2 (25-22, 24-26, 16-15, 25-20, 19-17) - 219 points (February 15)
Day 5: Cameroon v Egypt 3-2 (25-14, 25-27, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7) - 207 points

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