Egypt coach Marcos Miranda celebrates after seeing his team finish 5th at the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship.
Cairo, Egypt, August 25, 2017 - Egypt beat Japan for the second time at the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship here on Friday - this time in straight sets for 5th place in the final ranking. The two sides acknowledged the key role the Egyptian fans played for the home team to achieve this victory.
Egypt coach, Marcos Miranda: "We had a hard competition and a tough group, but a goal to reach too among the big teams, especially as we played on home soil. I consider that fifth position for us like being champions. Today Japan played a good match. They are strong physically, so we played with force to stop their powerful attack - and my players managed to do that and win the match."
Egypt captain, Ahmed Deyaa: "We improved with every match. We started the competition to earn a medal, but we are satisfied with the fifth place. We deserved it, because we trained hard and we did our best. For yet another time I thank all fans for their support and the medical staff for their efforts with team."
Japan coach, Fumitoshi Tokuanaga: "We lost for the second time against Egypt and the Egyptians fans were key to Egypt's win. We prepared very well for this match, but the pressure of the fans prevented the team from doing their best. We played in this championship for the first time so I am satisfied with our performance throughout the tournament."
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