Egypt overwhelm Kenya as Men's African Nations Championship begins


Egyptian double block against Kenya in the Men's African Nations Championship opener

Cairo, Egypt, July 22, 2015 - Favourites Egypt, Cameroon and Morocco claimed victories against Kenya, Mauritius and Rwanda on day one of the 2015 Men's African Nations Championship at the Cairo Stadium complex.

Egypt led Pool A, while Morocco topped Pool B at the end of the day, with three countries yet to play.

The competition acts as a qualifier for the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup in Japan, which will take place from September 8 to 23, 2015. The top two teams will secure tickets to the prestigious world event.  

The opening ceremony was attended by CAVB President Dr. Amr Elwani and Dr. Ashraf Sobhi, the Assistant of Minister of Sports and Egyptian Volleyball Federation President Dr. Foad Abdel Salam.  

Pool A
Egypt v Kenya 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-18)

Egypt pulled off a straight-sets victory over Kenya 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-18) in a Pool A match lasting 69 minutes. Ahmed Salah led Egypt's scorers with 12 points, while Philip Maiyo led the Kenyans with 10 points.  

The Kenyan team were highly competitive in the first set, with Philip Maiyo's spikes and a disciplined defence, but Egypt overwhelmed their opponents in the second and third sets with their sharp serves.   

Pool B
Cameroon v Mauritius 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-18)

Cameroon defeated Mauritius 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-18) in the first Pool B match of the 2015 Men's African Nations Championship. Veteran attacker Jean Ndaki led the match scorers with 13 points, equal to Joseph Kofane who also scored 13. Stephane Moonisamy led the Mauritian scorers with 8 points.

Morocco v Rwanda 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-17)

Morocco overcame a shaky start to defeat Rwanda 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-17) in Pool B to prove their status as potential title winners. Opposite spiker Mohamed Hachdadi scored 20 points and was the best scorer of the match, followed by Zouhair Elgaraoui with 9 points. Christophe Mukunzi led the Rwandan scorers with 8 points, followed by Ivan Nasbimana on 5 points.

The blockers increased the Moroccan dominance of the match, winning 16 kill blocks against 5 for the Rwandans

Day 2 match schedule

Pool B    16.00    Rwanda v Mauritius
Pool A    18.00    Botswana v Algeria
Pool B    20.00    Tunisia v Cameroon

2015 Men's African Nations Championship

Top scoring performances

20 – Mohammed Hachdadi of Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
13 - Sem Dolegombai of Cameroon v Mauritius (July 22)
13 - Jean Ndaki of Cameroon v Mauritius (July 22)

Top blocking performances
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)
11 – Cameroon v Mauritius (July 22)

Top serving performances
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)
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)

Highest set score
Day 1: Morocco v Rwanda, 25-23 (July 22)

Highest scoring matches
Day 1: Cameroon v Mauritius (July 22) 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-18) – 133 points

Watch CAVB videos on YouTube
Cameroon Ass. coach Mayam Blaise speaking after victory against Mauritius 3-0
Morocco coach Antonio Jiacobbe commenting after win against Rwanda
Moroccan outside hitter Zouhair Elgaraoui speaking after the win 3-0 against Rwanda
Rwanda coach Paul Bitok speaking after match against Morocco

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