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CAVB: 2012 Men’s African Olympic Qualification – Day 1

by WoV
source: www.cavb.org

2012 Tunisia Stun heavy favorites Egypt Yaoundé, Cameroon, January 17, 2012 - African bronze medalists Tunisia surprised the media with a stunning victory over the African champions and heavy favourites Egypt 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 29-27, 25-23) in the opening day of the Men’s African Olympic Qualification tournament held at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Yaoundé, Cameroon on Tuesday.



Cameroon impressed the home crown with a straight sets victory over Ghana 3-0 (25-28, 25-16, 25-12) to show that they are ready to compete for the African slot in the Olympics. The competition shows five teams competing for the African slot at London 2012 Olympic Games with the winner determined at 21 January.

Tunisia beat Egypt 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 29-27, 25-23)

The Tunisian outside hitter Marouen Garci led his team to hammer the Egyptian team from position 2 in their way towards the first victory 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 29-27, 25-23) in 102 minutes. He was the match best scorer with 18 points, while Saleh Fathy was the Egyptian best scorer with 16 points. The Tunisian team succeeded also to stop the Egyptian big gun Ahmed Salah who was the best spiker at the 2011 FIVB World Cup in Japan through their blockers to dominate the match after the second set.  

Cameroon beat Ghana 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-12)

The efficient opposite Jean Ndaki used his unstoppable razor sharp hits to clinch a straight sets win over the fighting Ghana team 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-12) in 64 minutes. Ndaki scored 12 points to lead the match scorers, while Seido Ajanako led Ghana scorers with 8 points. The second day features a strong face off between hosts Cameroon and Algeria in a repeat of their semifinal match at the 2011 African Nations Championship in Morocco when the Lions thrillingly won the encounter 3-2. Egypt take on Ghana seeking their first victory.

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