Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, June 17, 2016 – Ahmed Elkotb was magnificent as his Egypt side beat Czech Republic 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 15-12) in a thrilling five-set World League match.
Elkotb won 26 points – 22 of them spikes – in a close, exciting match, finishing top scorer.
Michal Finger and Donovan Dzavoronok excelled for the Czechs as they got off to a strong start in set one, spiking and blocking effectively to give them a 25-21 win.
But the Egyptians, spearheaded by the blocking and attacking of Ahmed Elkotb and And Elhalim Mohamed Abou, hit back in the second set (25-22).
The Czechs made too many errors in set three, as Elkotb and Abou really excelled again, and took a 2-1 lead for Egypt (25-20). But the pendulum swung again, with Petr Michalek joining the scoring as the European side tied the match at 2-2 with a 25-22 set win.
But it was Elkotb and Abou and their Egyptian teammates – Ahmed Afifi and Abdellatif Ahmed also played very well, that prevailed in a tense final set. The Africans won the decisive set 15-12.
Finger top scored for the Czechs with 18 points each.