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Cameroon upset Tunisia at Men's African Championship

 
Cairo, Egypt, July 23, 2015 - Cameroon fought for 130 minutes to pull off a thrilling victory over giants Tunisia in a five setter 3-2 (25-23, 12-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12) on day two of the 2015 Men's African Nations Championship held at the Cairo Stadium complex on Thursday.
 
Pool B also featured a first win for Rwanda over Mauritius 3-0 (25-13, 26-24, 26-24).

Cameroon lead a strong Pool B with a win-loss ratio of 2-0 (5 points), followed by Morocco who were on a rest day, and Rwanda (3 points), Tunisia (1 point) and Mauritius (0 points).
 
Algeria started their campaign with a win over Botswana in Pool A. They lead the group with Egypt, both with 1-0 win-loss records (3 points).
 
Pool A
Algeria v Botswana 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-13)

 
Opposite spiker Toufik Mahdjoubi led Algeria to their first win after they flew past Botswana in their competition debut in Pool A. Algeria start their campaign with 1-0 win- loss ratio, while Botswana move to 0-1.
 
The veteran opposite scored 19 points to come out as the top match scorer with the second best scoring performance in the competition so far. Captain Mohamed Chikhi followed with 13 points. Kabo Moetse led Botswana's scorers with 8 points, equal to Pastor Rebabonye who scored the same number of points for his team.
 
Pool B
Rwanda v Mauritius 3-0 (25-13, 26-24, 26-24)

 
Rwanda recovered from a loss in their first match to overcome Mauritius 3-0 (25-13, 26-24, 26-24) in a Pool B match lasting 76 minutes. The Rwandans dominated serving and blocking, especially in the crucial points of the second and third sets.
 
Experienced outside hitter Guma Yakan was Rwanda's best scorer with 14 points, equal the number of points scored by Christophe Mukunzi. Alfred Mandez contributed 14 points,  followed by Kevin Larose with 13 points for Mauritius. Rwanda improved their record to 1-1, while Mauritius dropped to 0-2.
 
The highly motivated Rwandan players showed their consistency throughout the match, cheered on by their fans.
 
Tunisia v Cameroon 3-2 (25-23, 12-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12)

 
Cameroon were at their best to defeat Tunisia 3-2 (25-23, 12-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12) in an epic tiebreaker. The match - which builds on a tradition of encounters between the two countries - lasted 130 minutes.
 
Cameroon 36-year-old Jean Ndaki led the match scorers with an impressive 30 points, the competition's best scoring performance to date. Nathan Wounembaina and Sem Dolegombai scored 11 points. Elyes Karamosly contributed 18 points for Tunisia, followed by Marouane Garci with 16 points.
 
Day 3 match schedule - July 24, 2015
Pool A  14.00    Kenya v Algeria
Pool B  16.00    Mauritius v Tunisia
Pool B  18.00    Cameroon v Morocco
Pool A  20.00    Botswana v Egypt
 
2015 Men's African Nations Championship - Top performances

Top scoring performances

30 - Jean Ndaki of Cameroon v Tunisia (July 23)
20 – Mohammed Hachdadi of Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
19 - Toufik Mahdjoubi of Algeria v Botswana (July 23)
18 - Elyes Karamosli of Tunisia v Cameroon (July 23)
16 - Marouane Garci of Tunisia v Cameroon (July 23)
14 - Guma Yakan of Rwanda v Mauritius (July 23)
14 - Christophe Mukunzi of Rwanda v Mauritius (July 23)
14 - Alfred Mandez of Mauritius v Rwanda (July 23)  
13 - Kevin Larose of Mauritius v Rwanda (July 23)  
13 - Sem Dolegombai of Cameroon v Mauritius (July 22)
13 - Jean Ndaki of Cameroon v Mauritius (July 22)
 
Top blocking performances
4-  Skander Ben Tara of Tunisia v Cameroon (July 23)
4 - Mohamed Chikhi of Algeria v Botswana (July 23)
4 – Zouhair Elgaraoui of Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
4 – Mohammed Hachdadi of Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
3 - Nathan Wounembaina of Cameroon v Mauritius (July 22)
 
Top blocking performances by team
16 – Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
12 - Tunisia v Cameroon (July 23)
12 - Cameroon v Tunisia (July 23)
11 – Cameroon v Mauritius (July 22)
 
Top serving performances
4 - Toufik Mahdjoubi of Algeria v Botswana (July 23)
3 - Khalid Ben Slimane of Tunisia v Cameroon (July 23)
3 - Hossam Youssef of Egypt v Kenya (July 22)
3 – Mohammed Hachdadi of Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
 
Top serving performances by team
9 - Egypt v Kenya (July 22)
7 - Algeria v Botswana (July 23)
5 - Tunisia v Cameroon (July 23)
5 - Cameroon v Tunisia (July 23)
4 – Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
4 - Rwanda v Morocco (July 22)
 
Highest scorer by round
Day 1: 20 - Mohammed Hachdadi of Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
Day 2: 30 - Jean Ndaki of Cameroon v Tunisia (July 23)
 
Highest set score
Day 1: Morocco v Rwanda, 25-23 (July 22)
Day 2: Rwanda v Mauritius 26-24 (July 23)
 
Highest scoring matches
Day 1: Cameroon v Mauritius (July 22) 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-18) - 133 points
Day 2: Cameroon v Tunisia (July 23) 3-2 (25-23, 12-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12) - 205 points

Highlights of Egypt against Kenya in Pool A of Men's African Nations Championship 
Highlights of Rwanda v Mauritius in Pool B od Men's African Nations Championship
Rwanda's Guma Yakan speaking after the victory against Mauritius
 
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