Brazzaville, Congo, January 8, 2015 – African champions Egypt started their campaign at the African Men’s Olympic Qualification Tournament with a 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 25-27, 25-16) win over hosts Congo on the second day of competition at Henri Elende Hall on Friday.
Egypt played 94 minutes to defeat the hosts. After leading 2-0, Egyptian setter Abdalla Abdel Salam suffered an injury that affected their offence. Congo went bravely to win the third set before Egypt’s comeback in the fourth set. Egypt will face Tunisia on Saturday for Pool A leadership.
Algeria overwhelmed Cameroon in the 68-minute straight set encounter, to improve their win-loss card to 2-0, while Cameroon dropped to 1-1.
RD Congo bounced back after dropping the first set, to earn their first win. RD improved their record 1-1, while Nigeria are still winless in two matches.
Tunisia lead Pool A ahead of Egypt, but both squads have already secured their semifinal slots. Algeria lead Pool B ahead of Cameroon and RD Congo.
Congo Minister of Sports, Dr. Leon Alfred Opimbat, CAVB president Dr. Amr Elwani, and Congo national federation president and local organising committee president Jean Mopita, were in attendance during the matches.
The winner of the tournament will book a direct ticket to Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while the second and third placed teams will earn another opportunity to qualify through the World Olympic Qualification Tournament.