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  2008 World League
 EGY / Egypt - Team Composition
Team manager Elwany Amr
Head coach Zakaria Ahmed
Assistant coach Meselhy Hany
Doctor Ahmed Mamdouh
Therapist / trainer Zalam Sameh
Journalist Mohamed Elham
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
C 1 Hamdy Awad Elsafi 14.04.1972 202 105 346 327 AHLY
2   Abdallah Abdalsalam Abdallah Bekhit Abdalla 10.10.1983 202 85 352 331 AHLY
3 Mohamed Gabal Gabal 21.01.1984 195 97 345 320 El Gaish
4   Ahmed Abdelhay A. Salah 19.08.1984 197 87 342 316 AL AHLY SC
5 Abdellatif Ahmed Tefa 13.08.1983 202 90 345 325 ZAMALEK
L 6   Wael Alaydy Alaydy 08.12.1971 178 78 320 300 ZAMALEK
7 Ashraf Abouelhassan Ashraf 17.05.1975 186 86 325 318 ZAMALEK
8   Saleh Youssef S. Fathy 25.07.1982 194 91 345 332 Zamalek
9 Mohamed El Mahdy Elmahdy 02.09.1978 196 96 340 335 AHLY
10   Ahmed Afifi Yousef 30.03.1988 194 92 347 342 ZAMALEK
11 Mohamed Elnafrawy Elsayed 09.06.1983 200 92 335 320 AHLY
12   Mahmoud Ismail Mansour 07.04.1986 193 89 348 341 ZAMALEK
13 Mohamed Badawy Moneim 11.01.1986 197 97 351 343 AL AHLY SC
14   Hossameldin Gomaa Hossam 15.02.1984 199 92 344 324 AHLY
15 Ahmed Abdel Fattah Mosad 14.06.1986 198 95 335 325 POLICE UNION
16   Mohamed Seif Elnasr M. Ali 05.09.1983 202 89 345 339 ZAMALEK
17 Mahmoud Abd El Kader Raouf 12.05.1985 195 94 342 316 AHLY
18   Mohamed El Daabousi Daabousi 01.03.1987 202 107 348 342 ZAMALEK
L 19 Mohamed Moawad Momo 26.08.1987 194 90 321 310 AHLY
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile   Coach Profile

Egypt have been one of the leading lights in African Volleyball since they won the African Nations Championship in 1983 to qualify for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, where they finished 10th.

The next appearance of the Egyptians in the Summer Games was at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, where they finishing 11th, They succeeded in advancing to the Summer Games in Beijing once again in 2008 by beating Algeria in a pulsating five-set final in Durban, South Africa, to win the African Olympic Qualification Tournament with a 100 percent record.

From 2005 to 2007, the team has started to reap the benefits of the plan to constantly feed and rejuvenate with up-and-coming youth and junior players.

A hot streak of form started in 2005 when Egypt won the golden medal in Mediterranean Games in Almaria, Spain. They then claimed the African Nations Championship to qualify for the 2005 World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.

Nowadays, Egypt can lay claim to be the best African nation, considering their participation in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 World League.

An appearance in the 2006 World Championship in Japan supports this claim.

In 2007, the team further proved their worth by winning all matches in the All African Games, also winning the 2007 African Nations and qualifying for 2007 World Cup in Japan.

At the World Cup, Egypt, whose ranks are usually dominated with players from the mighty Al Ahly Club, stepped up a level and was highly competitive against world-class teams. The North Africans won their last three matches to finish in ninth place, an excellent result for an African Volleyball team.

They were inspired by captain Hamdy Awad (Elsafi) and exciting young attacking talent Ahmed Abd Elnaeim (A. Salah).

As of January 5, 2008, Egypt ranked 14th in the FIVB World Ranking is 14. Their previous position was 18th.

The team has made a huge leap in the last few years. The ambition now is to reach an even higher level and become one of the world’s top teams.


Ahmed Zakaria became Egypt Men's Head Coach in 2005 but has been a familiar face on the Egyptian Volleyball scene for many years as he was one of the most famous Volleyball players in Egypt in the 1980s.

Zakaria was a highly skilled middle blocker for the mighty "Al Ahly," the dominant Club team in Egypt. Zakaria also enjoyed a 10-year career for the Egyptian National team from 1980 till 1990 and was member of the golden generation which won the African Nations Championship in 1983 to qualify for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984.

After Zakaria retired from playing, he started his coaching career with the Al Ahly Youth Team.

He then coached in the United Arab Emirates, Al Ahly and Petrojet.

In 1999 he was appointed Assistant Coach of the Egyptian National Team which defeated archrivals Tunisia to qualify for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.

He took courses in Data Volley and worked in this field for three years before returning to the Egyptian National Team in January 2005 as Assistant Coach to the famous Serbian Vecelin Vukovic.

Under Vukovic’s supervision, the Egyptians achieved historic success, starting with qualification for the 2006 World Championship in Japan.

They then won the gold medal at the 15th Mediterranean Games in Spain before winning the African Nations Championship in Cairo to qualify for the 2005 Grand Champions Cup in Japan.

At this point, Zakaria stepped in to take over as Head Coach for the Grand Champions Cup when Vukovic retired.

Egypt finished fifth at the Grand Champions Cup and then, in 2007 at the World Cup in Japan, Zakaria led his team to three victories including one against a strong Australian team.

Zakaria's most recent success is leading Egypt to victory at the African Olympic Games Qualification Tournament. They defeated top African teams Tunisia, Algeria and Cameroon to qualify for the Beijing Games.