Cairo, Egypt, June 25, 2016 - Japan have won the last six official matches with Egypt, but whenever they have played a FIVB Volleyball World League game in Egypt, the home side was victorious. On Saturday, the hosts of the 2016 Group 2 tournament in Cairo will try to keep it that way.
• This will be the fifth World League match between these teams. Both teams won two of the previous four meetings.
• Egypt won the first two meetings and Japan the last two. All four meetings were in 2008. Both teams won their matches at home.
• In all major competitions Japan have won their last six meetings with Egypt, including the 3-2 victory at the 2015 World Cup.
• Egypt lost in straight sets to Finland, their second defeat at this year's World League.
• Despite of their loss, Egypt outspiked Finland 40 to 36 in that match. Ahmed Elkotb scored most points for Egypt (14) of which 13 spikes.
• Egypt have won 10 of their last 13 World League matches. Prior to this run of 13 matches, they won only five of their 47 matches in the competition.
• Ahmed Elkotb has scored most points for Egypt in all four matches at the 2016 World League. He has combined for a total of 77 points.
• Hossam Abdalla leads his team in serving with eight aces from 46 attempts (0.56 per set).
• Japan failed to beat Turkey (3-2) and have now won two and lost two matches in the 2016 World League.
• They have now lost their last three five-setters in the World League.
• Their last seven World League matches had these results: L-W-L-W-L-W-L.
• Kunihiro Shimizu scored 26 points against Turkey, including three points from stuff blocks and three aces.
• Shimizu (77 points) has scored 34 points more than the next most prolific player from Japan in this year's World League - Yuta Yoneyama with 43 points.