Egypt went undefeated on route to winning the 2016 Men’s Volleyball African Qualification Tournament. The seven team tournament was split into two pools where the top two teams advanced to the semi-finals. The winner of the tournament qualified to the Olympics. The Men’s Volleyball African Qualification Tournament was held in Brazzaville, Congo from January 7th to January 12th 2015.
Pool A only contained three teams which contained tournament favourites Egypt and Tunisia whom easily defeated Congo. The match between the two turned into a 3-0 sweep as Egypt topped the group to reach the semi-finals.
Pool B was topped by Algeria as they swept all three of their opponents. Cameroon also advanced to the semi-final with 3-0 wins over Congo DR and Nigeria themselves.
Egypt was able to reach the finals by winning 3-0 over Cameroon. The match between Algeria and Tunisia turned into one of the match of the tournament as both nations exchanged leads quite often and Tunisia forced a fifth set after winning the fourth 28-26. Tunisia was able to win the final set 15-13 and advanced to the finals.
The second meeting between Egypt and Tunisia was a much closer affair with the two nations trading sets and forcing a fifth set. Egypt was able to clinch the Olympic quota by winning the final set 16-14. Algeria captured third place though they also required all five sets to do so against Cameroon.
This will be Egypt men’s fourth time competing at the Olympics and the first time since 2008. Tunisia and Algeria will both have a second opportunity to qualify at the Intercontinental Qualification Tournament to be held over the coming months.
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- CAVB. 2016 NORCECA Olympic Qualification – Men Results. Access on January 12 2016.