10. 01. 2020

#RoadToTokyo M: Tunisia claim Olympic Games ticket!

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Tunisia will play at the Tokyo Olympic Games after beating Algeria in four sets.

 

Although there is one more match on the tournament’s schedule to be played between Cameroon and Egypt on Saturday, Friday’s clash between neighbours Tunisia and Algeria was the de facto final of the African qualifier in Cairo, as depending on the score one of the two teams would earn a trip to Tokyo 2020.

While Algeria needed a straight-set victory to book the Olympic ticket, winning one set would have been sufficient for Tunisia to top the final standings. The dilemma was solved in the very first set, but coach Antonio Giaccobe’s squad went on to claim a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 26-28, 25-18) victory and triumph as tournament winner undefeated.

In fact, the third set of this match was the only one the lost at the event. Hamza Nagga was the best scorer of the match with 23 points to his name. Nagga (5) and Omar Agrebi (6) piled up a combined total of 11 stuff blocks towards Tunisia’s win. Toufik Mahdjoubi was Algeria’s most prolific player on 21 points.

CAVB Olympic Games qualifiers:

Tunisia – Algeria 3-1 (25–17, 25-23, 26-28, 25-18)

 

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