Egypt's men's volleyball team reclaimed their title as the African champions, defeating Algeria 3-1 in the finals of the African Nations Cup. This victory, which took place in Egypt, marked their return to continental dominance after an eight-year hiatus.
The set scores during the thrilling match were 25-22, 25-18, 25-20, and 25-22 in favor of the Egyptians.
The game was not without its tense moments. Ahmed Said, a star player of the Egyptian squad, suffered a knee injury during the match and was promptly taken to the hospital for MRI scans.
Playing on home ground and cheered on by their fervent supporters, the Egyptian team's performance crescendoed as the tournament progressed. This triumph represents the ninth African championship title in their illustrious history.
To reach the finals, Egypt showcased their prowess by overcoming Cameroon 3-1 on Monday. On the other hand, Algeria earned their spot in the finals with a narrow 3-2 win over Libya.
Earlier, in the quarter-finals, the Egyptian team registered a convincing 3-0 win over Morocco on Saturday, after having defeated Kenya 3-0 in the Round of 16 on Friday.
Interestingly, the Egyptian team advanced to the Round of 16 by finishing second in Group 1. They faced a setback when they were defeated 3-0 by Algeria in the second round, but made a comeback with a 3-0 victory over Burundi in the opening round.
The Egyptian team roster comprised of standouts like Ashraf El-Qanani, Ahmed Salah, Reda Heikal, Seif Abed, Abdelrahman Saudi, Mohamed Adel, Mohamed El-Mahdi, Mohamed Reda, Mohamed Ramadan, Mohamed Mostafa, Ahmed Youssef, Mohamed Asran, and the injured Ahmed Said.