Algeria celebrates its first continental championship
Blida, Algeria, October 9, 2009 — The Algerian Women’s National Volleyball Team won the 14th Women’s African Nations Championship following their 3-0 victory over Botswana on the final day of the competition at Mustapha Tchaker Hall on Thursday.
Algeria won the prestigious African title for the first time since the start of the competition in 1976.
Algeria finished the round-robin competition with a full 10 points from an unbeaten 5-0 record. It was the third successive year of achievement for Algeria’s golden generation after the team won gold at the 2007 All Africa Games and qualified for the Beijing Olympics last year.
Tunisia finished second with a 4-1 record, while Cameroon won the bronze (3-2). Senegal finished fourth (2-3) and Botswana fifth (1-4), while Morocco rounded out the table (0-5).
The hosts beat Botswana on the final day 3-0 (25-19, 25-08, 25-11) after an impressive performance in front of 3,000 spectators.
Tunisia swept Senegal in straight sets, while Cameroon defeated Morocco by the same scoreline to finish third.
Best Attacker: Lydia Oulmou (ALG)
Best Blocker: Neo Yomkil (CMR)
Best server: Melle Nihal Ghoul (TUN)
Best setter: Oukazi F-Zohra (ALG)
Best Receiver Safia Boukhima (ALG)
Best digger: Meriem Ghariani (TUN)
Best Libero: Nawel Mansouri (ALG)