Volleyball: Rwanda face Egypt in quarter-finals

RWANDA will face a tough test against hosts and defending champions Egypt in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Men’s African Nations championship’s on Thursday afternoon at Cairo Stadium Complex in Egypt.
Algeria double block against Rwanda star Lawrence Yakan Guma. (Courtesy photos)
Algeria double block against Rwanda star Lawrence Yakan Guma. (Courtesy photos)

Thursday

Quarterfinals

Rwanda Vs Egypt

Algeria Vs DR Congo

RWANDA will face a tough test against hosts and defending champions Egypt in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Men’s African Nations championship’s on Thursday afternoon at Cairo Stadium Complex in Egypt.

After losing to Algeria in the last group match 3-0, Rwanda will have a mountain to climb against one of the most successful teams in Africa.

On Tuesday, Algeria registered their third consecutive win over Rwanda 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) in the top position decider of Pool D.

Despite the defeat, Rwanda qualified for the quarterfinals as second in its pool with a win- loss ratio of 2-1 with 6 points, while Algeria maintained 100 % record with 3-0 record and 9 points.

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An Algeria attacks as Rwandan players attempt to block him.  

The Rwandan team fought aggressively in all sets, especially in the third, when they were point by point till the 21-21 draw. Algeria kept their pace throughout the match and piled pressure through service and tight blocks.

 “Facing the hosts, defending champions and 1st ranked team in Africa is a big match.  We have no other choice but to take them on and look for better results,” Coach Paul Bitok said.

 He added: “Winning is a process and it’s important to play such matches, last time we played a good match with them, who knows we might win if not, we will use the match to get experience.”

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