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Tala’a El-Gaish knocked out of Volleyball Club World Championship


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Egyptian champions Tala’a El-Gaish lost their third game in a row at the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship against Taiwanese Taichung Bank Club on Thursday.

The Taiwanese side’s win over El-Gaish marked their first-ever victory at the tournament, winning 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-23).

Wang Ming-Chun was Taichung Bank’s star after scoring 17 points to deny El-Gaish their first win at the Championship, while Mohamed Thakil was the top scorer for the Egyptian side, scoring a total of 14 points.

The African and Egyptian champions started the match well and won the first set 25-23. El-Gaish however started to lose concentration in the rest of the sets, which cost the Egyptian side the three points.

Following the match, El-Gaish coach Sherif El-Shemerly spoke about the reasons behind his side’s defeat, saying that Asian volleyball is “dangerous”.

“I believe the reason of this result was that my players thought after the first set that this was an easy team. They got too relaxed and started making mistakes, spiking out of bounds. Asian volleyball is very dangerous; we have seen videos of this team making comebacks after being 2-1 down and winning the match,” Shemerly told the tournament’s official website.

“It’s simple – When you give them the chance to play, they improve. They might not have a high level of volleyball but they have a great attitude. The team has to learn to play at the maximum all the time, and that didn’t happen today. I can only wish Taichung good luck as they played to win,” he added.

El-Gaish were knocked out of the tournament after their third successive loss, as they previously lost to Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro and Russian outfit Zenit Kazan.

El-Gaish had qualified for the tournament, held in Brazil between 18 and 23 October, after defeating Tunisia’s Esperance 3-1 and winning the 2016 African Clubs Champions Championship for the first time in their history.

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