Khalifa: We pushed harder


Riffa, Bahrain, August 26, 2017 - Bahrain knew they needed to exert more effort against Cuba to win in straight sets (25-23, 25-16, 25-16) on Saturday at the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at Isa City Sports Hall.

Bahrain coach Yusuf Khalifa: This is the first time we have played against Cuba. I am surprised with Cuba’s performance today. When we saw their previous matches, we knew they are a good team. But today, our players performed really well. For Cuba, they seemed to have lost their morale and concentration but our players kept their focus. We pushed harder with our strong serves.

Bahrain captain Saif Yusuf: I am very happy to win this match so we can get a better ranking after the tournament. We have one final match tomorrow, and we can only think about winning.

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Cuba coach Jesus Angel Cruz Lopez
: The spirit and focus in the game was very bad. The players came here thinking that they could win but we did not succeed. Maybe our mentality was not strong enough and it’s just difficult to play like this. We tried to use our players from the bench but they are very young. Tomorrow, we have another match. We need to play with higher motivation.


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