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Egypt become first African team to win at Women’s U23 World Championship

Egypt win at FIVB Women's U23 World Championship

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Egypt beat Thailand to become the first African team to win a match in the history of the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship.

The Pharaohs earned a 4-2 victory over Thailand (15-9, 7-15, 15-11, 9-15, 16-14, 15-4) at Stozice Arena on Tuesday in the tournament, which is hosted in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 10 September to 17 September.

The Egyptians claimed a 15-9 victory in the first set before the Asian side equalised with 7-15 win. The Pharaohs regained their lead with a 15-11 win in the third set and Thailand levelled the scores again, before the African side claimed two consecutive victories in the fifth and sixth set to win the game.

Egypt coach Maged Mohamed said following the victory: “This win is even more important for us as we needed to replace our starting-six setter due to injury. We are happy to be back in the competition and I hope we will continue on this level.”

Egypt have suffered two defeats in the beginning of the tournament against Dominican Republic and China. Following their victory on Tuesday, they sit fourth in the Group A with three points, two behind Dominican Republic.

They’ll face Argentina, who sit at the bottom of the group, and leaders Slovenia in their next group games on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

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