Shehata: Match with Brazil is our gate to history


Egypt celebrated a straight-set win over Brazil in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship

Riffa, Bahrain, August 26, 2017 – Egypt coach said that their 3-0 win over Brazil in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship is their gate to history, as they have never beaten a Brazilian team before.

Egypt coach Nehad Shehata: I told my players that if we win against Brazil today, it will be the first time in history that an Egyptian team beat a Brazilian team. So this match is like our gate to history for us.

My boys played very well today. They listened to my instructions and they played very sharp especially in service and blocking. I am happy that my team is growing up and they are becoming a strong team.

I will not be easy tomorrow against France, but we will work for that and try to get fifth position. We will study the French team and we will work hard for it. I hope we can win.

Egypt captain George Bakhit: We are very happy today because we beat Brazil – one of the best teams in the world. Today was a better day for us because we won 3-0. We are like the dark horses of the tournament. I thank my team for today’s win. They played well today. We hope to finish the tournament in fifth place.

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Brazil coach Leonardo Carvalho: It’s always difficult to play after losing a quarterfinal. We want to congratulate Egypt. They played an excellent match. They played with great fighting spirit. Their No. 1 (Elsafy) player played an amazing match. We could not find a solution on our block and defence with his attacks.

I am very ashamed because we played without the will to win. I know it is difficult to play a match the day after you lose the quarterfinals, but these young boys need to learn that they have to give it 100 per cent every time they are on the court. The Egyptians deserved to win because they put in a lot of effort with excellent teamwork.

I believe that if we play in this spirit tomorrow, we will lose again 3-0. We have to find that force or power to play. When you don’t have that, then you will lose to any opponent.

Brazil captain Joao Franck:
We didn’t play well today. Egypt played a great match. We must keep fighting and we must completely change our mindset. Our opponents tomorrow are strong. We must improve and we must also focus on winning the next game.


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