Egypt celebrate first ever victory of an African team at Women's U23 world champs


Egypt’s Aya Elshamy and her teammates enjoy the first ever African victory at U23 world champs

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 12, 2017 – Egypt is the first African team who has won a match in the history of the FIVB Women's U23 World Championship. The team of coach Maged Mohamed overcame Thailand in a marathon match 4-2 (15-9, 7-15, 15-11, 9-15, 16-14, 15-4) at Stozice Arena on Tuesday night.

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

Egypt’s Aya Elshamy had an all-around game with 17 attacks, four blocks and one ace to lead the Egyptian double-digit scorers. Aya Ahmed added eleven winners. Wipawee Srithong contributed 17 points for the loser side.

The two teams exchanged lead in the first four sets with no side gaining a crucial advantage. The decisive moment of the match came in the end of the fifth set with Egypt showing more determination to conclude in extremis. The Asian side fought hard but could not come back in the sixth and last set.

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