The Moroccan volleyball team lost Monday in the semi-final of the African Nations Championship (CAN-2021) against Cameroon, vice-champion of the last edition, after a completely crazy five-set match (25 -15, 22-25, 25-21, 17-25, 13-15).
The Atlas Lions started the match by winning the first set with flying colors before handing over the second to the Cameroonian Six who managed to resist and reverse the course of the game. After the break, the Moroccan volleyball players regained the upper hand in s ‘adjudicating the third set thanks to overpowered services which caused opposing faults on receptions.
After three breathtaking sets and a great performance from the Moroccan trio of Zouheir Elgraoui, Oussama El Azhari and Sofiane Gharouti, the Cameroonians went wild with efficient blocks and good defensive work that allowed them to snatch the victory.
The Moroccan team had ensured its qualification for the last four of the Championship by dominating the host country, Rwanda, by 3 sets to 0 (17-25, 23-25, 17-25).
The national team, led by Franco-Serbian technician Nicola Matijasevic, participates in this championship with a team made up of young players from the national championship and others playing in European championships.
The other poster of the CAN semi-finals will pit Tunisia, double title holder (2017 and 2019) against the Pharaohs of Egypt, tonight.
The Eagles of Carthage reserved their ticket for the last four by beating the DR Congo by 3 sets to 0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-21), while the Egyptian team snatched its qualification ticket in s’ imposing with difficulty against Uganda by 3 sets to 1 (28-30, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21).
The 23rd edition of the African Volleyball Championship kicked off last Tuesday in Kigali. The first two teams of the tournament will qualify directly for the next World Cup in the discipline, scheduled for 2022 in Russia.