Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, January 11, 2015 - Once more, African giants Egypt and Tunisia will play to earn a place at the Olympics after both sides beat their opponents in the semifinals of the 2016 African Men's Olympic Qualification Tournament at Elende Hall in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo on Monday.
It was a fairly straightforward match for three-time Olympians Egypt, who defeated Cameroon in straight sets 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-19), while six-time qualifiers Tunisia had to play aggressively for 133 minutes to overpower Algeria in a grueling five setter 3-2 (24-26, 25-22, 15-25, 28-26, 15-13).
Egypt's coach used most of his players in the match against Cameroon, to distribute the effort to all players ahead of the final on Tuesday. Egypt, however, dominated the match thoroughly and won in straight sets.
Tunisia came from a set behind twice to beat a new Algerian formation in an epic tiebreaker that kept the spectators on their toes to the end.
Egypt will take on Tunisia officially for the fourth time this year after Egypt won the final of the 2015 Men's African Nations Championship 3-0, their FIVB Volleyball World Cup encounter 3-2 and their first round Pool A match 3-0.
The winner of the tournament will book a ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The second- and third-placed teams will earn another opportunity to qualify for the Olympics through the World Olympic Qualification Tournament to be held later this year.