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Egypt lose to Japan in volleyball World Cup opener

Photo: Fédération Internationale de Volleyball

Photo: Fédération Internationale de

travelled to Japan to compete in the 2015 volleyball World Cup, losing in their opening game against the hosts.

The Volleyball World Cup which is being held between September 8th to September 23rd, doubles as the qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Egypt’s starting line up consisted of; Bekhit, Abou, Abdelhay, Abdeirehim, Moneim, Hasssan and Moawad.

Japan started the match brightly taking an early 5-1 lead, prompting the Egyptians to take an early time out to regather themselves.

Egypt managed to pull it back to 7-5 but Japan’s dominance continued to grow leading the first set with a scoreline of 25-19.

In the second set Egypt managed to claw back some pride against the strong opposition, they managed to win a point but were constantly pulled back by the Japanese all the way to 9 all.

Egypt stretched the lead to 15-11 and eventually won the set 25-23 meaning the total score at half time was 48-44 to Japan.

Photo: Fédération Internationale de Volleyball

Photo: Fédération Internationale de Volleyball

Japan strolled into a 3-1 lead early in the third set, but Egypt clawed their way back and within ten minutes led 12-9. Japan continued to assert their dominance winning the third set 25-18 and putting them 2-1 up infant on sets.

In the fourth set Egypt started slowly and after eight minutes it was 7-7, however after that moment Egypt went on a surge and managed to win the set with an impressive score of 25-17 bringing the total score to just 90-87 to Japan.

In the final and decisive set the Egyptian team couldn’t hold up to the might of the Japanese team and found themselves trailing 10-2 and eventually lost the set 15-7 with the final score being 105-94 to Japan.

Egypt continued to falter at the World Cup level having lost their 9th consecutive game, however their performance today was excellent and they fought well against a tough team.

Abdelhay was Egypt’s top scorer with 22 points in today’s game.

Japan who had prior to this match won 13 of the previous 15 meetings between these two nations repeated their winning streak against the Egyptians.

Egypt go on to play Canada on 9th September, Italy on 10th September, Australia on the 12th September and America on 13th September.

Ahmad Yousef is a proud Egyptian football fanatic who started playing football at a young age and was scouted for Ipswich Town. A hardcore Tottenham Hotspur fan and Zamalek supporter by blood, Ahmad mainly follows European football involving Egyptian players and the Egyptian national team. Ahmad’s love for Egyptian players abroad is what initially spurred him into writing. He now writes regularly and is also an editor at

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