Morocco joins Egypt and Algeria to Men's African Championship's Semis

26 July 2015

 

2015 Men's African Nations Championship- Day 4
 
Cairo, Egypt, July 25, 2015- Morocco joined Egypt and Algeria to the semifinal of the 2015 Men's African Nations Championship following their third victory in a row over Mauritius 3-0 (28-26, 25-11, 25-17) in Pool B on Day four of the competition held at Cairo Stadium Complex in Cairo, Egypt on Friday.
 
 The second ticket to the semifinal of the competition from Pool B will be decided between Tunisia and Cameroon in the last matches of the preliminary round on Sunday as Morocco meet Tunisia and Cameroon face Rwanda. Cameroon need to beat Rwanda and wait for Morocco to defeat Tunisia to confirm a semis ticket. On the other hand dark horses Morocco need 2 sets to lead the pool. Tunisia will qualify if they beat Morocco by any result.  
 
 Defending champions Egypt finished Pool A of in the right foot after they beat North African Neighbours Algeria in the pool head decider 3-2 (24-26, 25-19 ,25-20, 22-25, 15-10).
 
 Egypt finished on top of Pool A with a 3-0 win- loss ratio (8 points) followed by Algeria second with 2-1 (7 points). Kenya upset Botswana 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) to finish third with 1-2 ahead of the losers who ended fourth.
 
 Morocco led Pool B with 9 points from 3-0 to confirm semifinal berth followed by Tunisia 7 points from 2-1 after they beat Rwanda 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-12). Cameroon who were in rest day became third with 5 points from 2-1 ahead of Rwanda who became fourth with 3 points from 1-2, while Mauritius finished at the bottom of the pool with 0-4 record.
 
The African championship acts as a qualifier for the 2015 FIVB Men's World Cup in Japan September 8 to 23, 2015 as the top two teams will secure their tickets to the prestigious event. 
 
Pool A
Egypt v Algeria 3-2 (24-26, 25-19 ,25-20, 22-25, 15-10)
 
 Egypt rebounded from a set behind to beat Algeria 3-2 (24-26, 25-19 ,25-20, 22-25, 15-10) in the top of Pool A decider. Egypt led Pool A with 3-0 win- loss ratio, while Algeria dropped to 2-1 to finish second, but both teams already booked semifinal berth before.
 
 Algeria fought aggressively in the first set to stay near throughout the set before their spiker Dikkiche and Mahdjoubi led the spikes to win the first set 26-24. Egypt used the sharp services of Salah, Abdalla and Mohamed El Hosseiny to come back in the second set to win 25-19 and continued the same rhythm in the third set to win 25-20 to lead 2-1.
 
 Algeria played their best in the competition so far led by Mohamed Chikhi and Dikkiche to win the fourth set 25-22 and draw 2-2.
 
 Egypt regained the rhythm in the tiebreak and succeeded to deploy their solid block against Algerian attacks to win 15-10 and claim the tough victory 3-2.
 
Kenya v Botswana 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23)
 
Kenya played their best in the competition so far to beat Botswana 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) in Pool A. this was the first win for the central African country to improve their win- loss ratio to 1-2 and finished the pool matches at the third position, while Botswana finished 4th as both teams will play for the 5 to 8 positions.
 
 Kenyan opposite Philip Maiyo led Kenyan scorers with 13 points followed by Michael Njoroge 12. Kabo Moetse led Botswana scorers with 13 points. followed by Pastor Rebabonye 11 points.
 
Pool B
Tunisia  v Rwanda  3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-12)
 
Tunisia took it seriously to cruise past  Rwanda 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-12) in 65 minutes in Pool B. The Tunisian  coach played with most of the team list to distribute the efforts to all the players.
 
 With the win Tunisia improved to 2-1 with 7 points, while Rwanda dropped to 1-2. Tunisia opposite Hichem Kaabi scored 11 points as the best scorer of his side, followed by Ismail Moalla 10 points. From the Rwandan side Guma Yakan contributed 6 points as best scorer from the losers.
 
Morocco v Mauritius 3-0 (28-26, 25-11, 25-17)
 
Morocco overcame their sluggish start to take over the motivated Mauritius team 3-0 (28-26, 25-11, 25-17) in Pool B of the competition. Morocco's big gum Mohamed Hachdadi scored 23 points as the best scorer from his side. Alfred Mandez was the best scorer for the loser side with 9 points.
 
 After the shaky start from the Moroccan team, Mauritius take the lead several times and had a set point at 25-24 before the North African rebounded to win the longest set 28-26. Afterwards m=it was easy for the Moroccan to go through a straight sets win after Mauritius team lost the temper.
 
Day 5 Programme on July 26, 2015
Pool B  18:00    Cameroon x Rwanda
Pool B  20:00    Tunisia x Morocco
 
2015 Men's African Nations Championship- Top performances
 
Top Scoring Performances
30 - Jean Ndaki of Cameroon v Tunisia (July 23)
27 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Cameroon (July 24)
23 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Mauritius (July 25) 
22 - Jean Ndaki of Cameroon v Morocco (July 24)
20 – Mohammed Hachdadi of Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
19 - Toufik Mahdjoubi of Algeria v Botswana (July 23)
19 - Ahmed Salah of Egypt v Algeria (July 25)
18 - Elyes Karamosli of Tunisia v Cameroon (July 23)
17 - Michael Chemos of Kenya v Algeria (July 24)
16 - Ayoub Dikkiche of Algeria v Egypt (July 25)
16 - Mohamed Chikhi of Algeria v Kenya (July 24)
16 - Toufik Mahdjoubi of Algeria v Kenya (July 24)
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) 
 
Top Blocking Performances
6 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Mauritius (July 25)
5 - Nongni Mefani of Cameroon v Morocco (July 24)
4 - Sofiane Bouyoucef of Algeria v Egypt (July 25)
4 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Cameroon (July 24)
4 - Kamal Ouali of Morocco v Cameroon (July 24)
4 - Skander Ben Tara of Tunisia v Mauritius (July 24)
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)
 
Top Blocking Performances by Team
16 – Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
13 - Morocco v Cameroon (July 24)
13 - Cameroon v Morocco (July 24)
12 - Tunisia v Mauritius (July 24)
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 - Ivan Nsabimana of Rwanda v Tunisia (July 25)
3 - Sofiane Bouyoucef of Algeria v Kenya (July 24)
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)
3 – Mohammed Hachdadi of Morocco v Mauritius(July 25)
 
Top Serving Performances by Team
9 - Egypt v Kenya (July 22)
7 - Tunisia v Mauritius (July 24)
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)
4 - Tunisia v Rwanda (July 25)
4 - Rwanda v Tunisia (July 25)
 
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)
Day 3: 27 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Cameroon (July 24)
Day 4: 23 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Mauritius (July 25) 
 
Highest Set Score
Day 1: Morocco v Rwanda, 25-23 (July 22)
Day 2: Rwanda v Mauritius 26-24 (July 23)
Day 3: Morocco v Cameroon 30-28 (July 24)
Day 4: Morocco v Mauritius  28-26 (July 25) 
 
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
Day 3: Cameroon v Morocco (July 24) 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 30-28, 25-21) - 193 points
Day 4: Egypt v Algeria  (July 25) 3-2 (24-26, 25-19 ,25-20, 22-25, 15-10) - 211 Points
 
 
Cairo, Egypt, July 25, 2015- Morocco joined Egypt and Algeria to the semifinal of the 2015 Men's African Nations Championship following their third victory in a row over Mauritius 3-0 (28-26, 25-11, 25-17) in Pool B on Day four of the competition held at Cairo Stadium Complex in Cairo, Egypt on Friday.
 
 The second ticket to the semifinal of the competition from Pool B will be decided between Tunisia and Cameroon in the last matches of the preliminary round on Sunday as Morocco meet Tunisia and Cameroon face Rwanda. Cameroon need to beat Rwanda and wait for Morocco to defeat Tunisia to confirm a semis ticket. On the other hand dark horses Morocco need 2 sets to lead the pool. Tunisia will qualify if they beat Morocco by any result.  
 
 Defending champions Egypt finished Pool A of in the right foot after they beat North African Neighbours Algeria in the pool head decider 3-2 (24-26, 25-19 ,25-20, 22-25, 15-10).
 
 Egypt finished on top of Pool A with a 3-0 win- loss ratio (8 points) followed by Algeria second with 2-1 (7 points). Kenya upset Botswana 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) to finish third with 1-2 ahead of the losers who ended fourth.
 
 Morocco led Pool B with 9 points from 3-0 to confirm semifinal berth followed by Tunisia 7 points from 2-1 after they beat Rwanda 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-12). Cameroon who were in rest day became third with 5 points from 2-1 ahead of Rwanda who became fourth with 3 points from 1-2, while Mauritius finished at the bottom of the pool with 0-4 record.
 
The African championship acts as a qualifier for the 2015 FIVB Men's World Cup in Japan September 8 to 23, 2015 as the top two teams will secure their tickets to the prestigious event. 
 
Pool A
Egypt v Algeria 3-2 (24-26, 25-19 ,25-20, 22-25, 15-10)
 
 Egypt rebounded from a set behind to beat Algeria 3-2 (24-26, 25-19 ,25-20, 22-25, 15-10) in the top of Pool A decider. Egypt led Pool A with 3-0 win- loss ratio, while Algeria dropped to 2-1 to finish second, but both teams already booked semifinal berth before.
 
 Algeria fought aggressively in the first set to stay near throughout the set before their spiker Dikkiche and Mahdjoubi led the spikes to win the first set 26-24. Egypt used the sharp services of Salah, Abdalla and Mohamed El Hosseiny to come back in the second set to win 25-19 and continued the same rhythm in the third set to win 25-20 to lead 2-1.
 
 Algeria played their best in the competition so far led by Mohamed Chikhi and Dikkiche to win the fourth set 25-22 and draw 2-2.
 
 Egypt regained the rhythm in the tiebreak and succeeded to deploy their solid block against Algerian attacks to win 15-10 and claim the tough victory 3-2.
 
Kenya v Botswana 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23)
 
Kenya played their best in the competition so far to beat Botswana 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) in Pool A. this was the first win for the central African country to improve their win- loss ratio to 1-2 and finished the pool matches at the third position, while Botswana finished 4th as both teams will play for the 5 to 8 positions.
 
 Kenyan opposite Philip Maiyo led Kenyan scorers with 13 points followed by Michael Njoroge 12. Kabo Moetse led Botswana scorers with 13 points. followed by Pastor Rebabonye 11 points.
 
Pool B
Tunisia  v Rwanda  3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-12)
 
Tunisia took it seriously to cruise past  Rwanda 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-12) in 65 minutes in Pool B. The Tunisian  coach played with most of the team list to distribute the efforts to all the players.
 
 With the win Tunisia improved to 2-1 with 7 points, while Rwanda dropped to 1-2. Tunisia opposite Hichem Kaabi scored 11 points as the best scorer of his side, followed by Ismail Moalla 10 points. From the Rwandan side Guma Yakan contributed 6 points as best scorer from the losers.
 
Morocco v Mauritius 3-0 (28-26, 25-11, 25-17)
 
Morocco overcame their sluggish start to take over the motivated Mauritius team 3-0 (28-26, 25-11, 25-17) in Pool B of the competition. Morocco's big gum Mohamed Hachdadi scored 23 points as the best scorer from his side. Alfred Mandez was the best scorer for the loser side with 9 points.
 
 After the shaky start from the Moroccan team, Mauritius take the lead several times and had a set point at 25-24 before the North African rebounded to win the longest set 28-26. Afterwards m=it was easy for the Moroccan to go through a straight sets win after Mauritius team lost the temper.
 
Day 5 Programme on July 26, 2015
Pool B  18:00    Cameroon x Rwanda
Pool B  20:00    Tunisia x Morocco
 
2015 Men's African Nations Championship- Top performances
 
Top Scoring Performances
30 - Jean Ndaki of Cameroon v Tunisia (July 23)
27 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Cameroon (July 24)
23 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Mauritius (July 25) 
22 - Jean Ndaki of Cameroon v Morocco (July 24)
20 – Mohammed Hachdadi of Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
19 - Toufik Mahdjoubi of Algeria v Botswana (July 23)
19 - Ahmed Salah of Egypt v Algeria (July 25)
18 - Elyes Karamosli of Tunisia v Cameroon (July 23)
17 - Michael Chemos of Kenya v Algeria (July 24)
16 - Ayoub Dikkiche of Algeria v Egypt (July 25)
16 - Mohamed Chikhi of Algeria v Kenya (July 24)
16 - Toufik Mahdjoubi of Algeria v Kenya (July 24)
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) 
 
Top Blocking Performances
6 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Mauritius (July 25)
5 - Nongni Mefani of Cameroon v Morocco (July 24)
4 - Sofiane Bouyoucef of Algeria v Egypt (July 25)
4 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Cameroon (July 24)
4 - Kamal Ouali of Morocco v Cameroon (July 24)
4 - Skander Ben Tara of Tunisia v Mauritius (July 24)
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)
 
Top Blocking Performances by Team
16 – Morocco v Rwanda (July 22)
13 - Morocco v Cameroon (July 24)
13 - Cameroon v Morocco (July 24)
12 - Tunisia v Mauritius (July 24)
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 - Ivan Nsabimana of Rwanda v Tunisia (July 25)
3 - Sofiane Bouyoucef of Algeria v Kenya (July 24)
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)
3 – Mohammed Hachdadi of Morocco v Mauritius(July 25)
 
Top Serving Performances by Team
9 - Egypt v Kenya (July 22)
7 - Tunisia v Mauritius (July 24)
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)
4 - Tunisia v Rwanda (July 25)
4 - Rwanda v Tunisia (July 25)
 
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)
Day 3: 27 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Cameroon (July 24)
Day 4: 23 - Mohamed Hachdadi of Morocco v Mauritius (July 25) 
 
Highest Set Score
Day 1: Morocco v Rwanda, 25-23 (July 22)
Day 2: Rwanda v Mauritius 26-24 (July 23)
Day 3: Morocco v Cameroon 30-28 (July 24)
Day 4: Morocco v Mauritius  28-26 (July 25) 
 
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
Day 3: Cameroon v Morocco (July 24) 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 30-28, 25-21) - 193 points
Day 4: Egypt v Algeria  (July 25) 3-2 (24-26, 25-19 ,25-20, 22-25, 15-10) - 211 Points