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Egypt remain hopeful ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games following a series of disappointing displays at the FIVB Volleyball World League.
Despite Egypt losing 3-0 to the Czech Republic in their final match at the Volleyball World League on Sunday, it was an exciting encounter against a high-flying Czechia, who have won five times in World League 2016.
Czech Republic narrowly edged the Pharaohs in the final two of three sets, winning them all: 25-19, 32-30 and 25-23.
The European outfit were brilliantly prepared as they blocked critical spikes from the Egyptian side that could have changed the tide of the game.
Egypt hopeful of Olympics
Egypt’s coach, Sherif Elshemerly, said in his post-game press conference: “We suffered from three problems. First, Ahmed Afifi, who is a very important player, got injured. Second, our best player did not show his best in Korea. Third, four important players did not participate in this game. For these reasons, we lost the games.
“We have only four weeks to prepare for the Rio Olympic Games. Although this is not enough time to solve the problems, we will decrease errors.”
Hossam Abdalla, captain of Egypt said: “Congratulations to the Czech Republic. I think we played a full five-set match with Korea yesterday and the players felt tired.
“That is why we could not play well today. We are going to recover and show a good performance at the Rio Olympic Games. I would like to say thank you to the Korean fans and the Korean Volleyball Association.”