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Champions Tunisia sound a warning
- Updated: September 14, 2010
Defending champions, Tunisia easily overpowered Algeria, the bronze medallists in the 2008 Boys African Championship, in straight sets (25-16 25-11 25-7) in the opening encounter of the 2010 Boys (Youth) African Nations Championship currently underway at the Western Cape Sports School in Kuils River, Cape Town.
The bruising encounter was a timely reminder to the rest of the participants that the coveted silverware was heading back home to Tunis.
Host country South Africa also went down, losing 3-2 to Morocco (23-25 25-21, 20-25, 25-23 19-17).
However, the Tunisia-Algeria match belonged to Tunisian playmaker, Khaled Ben Slimane whose penchant for running the quick combination play befuddled the Algerian defence at the net to such an extent that they rolled over and played dead in the face of the rampant Tunisian attack.
Despite sporadic resistance from the Algerians through Islam Ouled Cherchali whose quick down the line attack troubled the Tunisians, their prolific attackers Ousama Mrika, Adam Oueslati and Elyes Garfi combined well to wrap up the first two sets by a (25-16 25-11) margin.
With every once of resistance soon evaporating into the chilly Cape air, the shell-shocked Algerians were hammered 25-7 in the third set that put paid to their chances of booking a place in next year’s World Championship.
Day One results
Tunisia bt Algeria (3-0) (25-16; 25-11; 25-7)
Morocco bt South Africa (3-2) (23-25; 25-21; 20-25; 25-23; 19-17)