01.07.2019 - Hamburg, Germany
Qataris Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan secured top spot of Pool D at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Hamburg 2019 presented by comdirect and ALDI Nord.
The Asians faced Belgians Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle in their final pool match and, unlike their first two games, posted a straight-set victory (21-15, 21-15) to finish undefeated with three victories.
“Belgium is a pretty good team, but I think we played really well and kept our side out stable all match,” Ahmed explained. “We feel great now, to top our pool at the World Championships really means a lot.”
For Cherif, the team’s latest performance has put them in a good position to perform a deep run in Hamburg.
“It was a great confidence booster for us, but we need to have a new mindset now that elimination starts because our jobs here are not done yet,” the blocker added. “It was great to have these three victories and the way is open for us to keep going. If we keep playing like this, we’ll be a nightmare for any opponent.”
In the other match of the pool, Italians Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi downed Czechs Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner 21-18, 22-20. With that, the late-entrants finished second and are also guaranteed in the elimination round. The Czechs finished third and will need to wait the conclusion of the other pools to know if they advance automatically or if they will need to go through the lucky losers round. The Belgians are eliminated.