• Five time African Champions Egypt and Cameroon will represent the continent at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria.
By Beng Emmanuel
The under-21 Volleyball men’s national selection of Cameroon beat the Democratic Republic of Congo three (3) sets to zero (0) [25-19,25-15,25-14] in their last game at the Under-21 African Cup of Nations at the Cairo Stadium Hall, to qualify for their first ever World Volleyball Championship slated to begin next September.
Cameroon finished second behind eventual winners and host nation Egypt during the four nation team qualifiers which ran from February 18th-25th, in a round-robin tournament. The Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco completed the group of four. Egypt won their fifth trophy of the U-21 volleyball championship and finished unbeaten in three games.
The World Volleyball Championship will be held in Italy and Bulgaria from September 22nd to October 3rd 2021. For the first time, the sixteen (16) team tournament will be jointly-hosted by more than one country.
Cameroon beat Morocco three sets to one in their first game but lost their second encounter against host Egypt. They fought hard to clinch the second spot of the youth volleyball championship after a deserving win over the DR Congo to secure a spot for their maiden world championship.
The Central African Nation’s silver medal is their best finish in the African volleyball championship after finishing third twice (2) in 1984 and 1998.
Eight teams have already qualified for the FIVB Volleyball men’s U-21 World Championship; Italy , Bulgaria, Iran, South Korea, Cuba, Canada, Russia and Belgium. Iran is the defending champions, having won their first title in Bahrain.