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Wroclaw, Poland, September 4, 2014 – Argentina gained a second victory on FIVB Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 as they beat Cameroon in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-23) in a Pool A match at Centennial Hall on Thursday. Argentina are now at 2-1 win-loss record with two more matches to play in the first round while Cameroon remained winless after three matches.

Jose Luis Gonzalez and Facundo Conte led Argentina’s forces with 15 and 13 points, respectively, while David Feughouo was tops for Cameroon with 14 tallies.

Argentina blanked Cameroon 6-0 in the aces charts and held a slight 5-4 advantage in the blocking category.

Key facts

• Argentina improved their all-time set record to 161-156

• Argentina are now 5-0 against African teams at world championships

• It was the first match ever between the two teams at a major tournament

Argentina started the match with a two-point lead following Cameroon’s service and block errors, although Cameroonian libero, Alain Fossi Kamto, was showing an admirable devotion in reception. The South American team made simple mistakes which with addition of the powerful kills of Jean Patrice Ndaki gave Cameroon an 8-7 lead at the first technical time out. Both teams had masters in attack – Nathan Wounembaina and Ndaki Mboulet for Cameroon and Facundo Conte in Argentina. Before the second time out, Argentina managed to jump ahead as the scoreboard showed the digits at 16-12. As Argentina started to gain more points, coach Peter Nonnebroich asked for two time-outs for Cameroon but still Jose Luis Gonzalez was surprising the Africans team with aces. Two Cameroon changes were unsuccessful as Argentina romped to a 25-17 victory, following Martin Ramos’ kill.

Surprisingly, the beginning of the next set was better for the Cameroonians as they gained three points in a row. Following lot of their errors, the Argentineans were got off the court for the technical time out with an 8-7 lead. Head coach Julio Velasco’s team were calmly gaining points as Conte and Gonzalez were spiking effectively. Cameroon showed some promising kills by the likes of Joseph Herve Kofane Boyomo and David Feughouo, but their opponents were still uncatchable. For the second technical time-out, Argentina gained five points more but following the break, luck was on Cameroon’s side. They scored four points one after another as Sem Dolegombai was unstoppable against Argentina’s block. That was not enough to stop South America’s team and after block-out move, Argentina won 25-18.

In the third set, Argentina took the lead following Pablo Crer’s spike and they were gradually increasing their lead so that, before the time-out, they led 8-5. Following the break, Cameroon caught up their opponents and the teams were exchanging points. For a while, Nonnenbroich’s team with the support of the Polish crowd, were leading 13-12, thanks to Feughouo’s fantastic spike. Argentina, with Conte’s help, regained the lead just before the second technical time-out. Until the end of the set, both of the teams were nervous and were making some simple errors as the result was tied. Argentina won the last part of the match 25-23 thanks to perfect kill by Martin Ramos.

Press Conference:

With Australia and Poland as their two next opponents in Pool A, Argentinean coach Julio Velazco says they need to play at their best level to overcome those hurdles.

Argentina head coach, Julio Velasco: “We had to win this meeting because we needed points after the loss with Serbia. Cameroon was close to win the third set. We want to lead in Pool A but we are aware that we must improve some elements because there are very difficult matches ahead for us.”

Question about next matches with Australia and Poland:

“As I said before, Australia is a very strong team and we know that the match with them is going to be very difficult. I am sure that we have to play better than we do if we want to win against that team. Poland is even stronger, in my opinion. They have great players and fantastic supporters which is a big advantage.”

Argentina captain, Javier Filardi: “That was a good match for us. The last set was the most difficult but we managed to win it. We are aware that in front of us, there is a really difficult match but we want to win again and hopefully we will make it.”

Cameroon head coach, Peter Nonnenbroich: “Lately, people are saying that Cameroon is a better team so we feel a big pressure. We are playing with big countries on this championship – like today with Argentina. We are trying to catch up our opponents. In the third set I told my team to stop looking at the scoreboard and focus on the game to score one point after another. Of course, I would like to congratulate Argentina for the victory. I am happy for my team. Hopefully, in the next two meetings we are going to be less stressed and enjoy the game.”

Question about match with Poland – Are they afraid of Polish team?

“No, not at all, and every point that we score will be fantastic for us. Hopefully, Polish fans will bring a great atmosphere again. It is a great experience for a team from Africa to be part of this championship so we are very happy to be here.”

Cameroon captain, Jean Patrice Ndaki: “First of all, I want to thank God for being here. It is a wonderful opportunity to play with Argentina on this championship. I also would like to thank our supporters at the hall. I realise that we could win the last set but we played with a really strong team. I am happy that we showed that we have the potential.”


Sunday, Aug 31st 11.00 (ARG time) / ARGENTINA 3 VENEZUELA 0 (Info)

Tuesday, Sept 2nd 8.00 / ARGENTINA 1 SERBIA 3 (Info)

Thursday, Sept 4th 8.00 / ARGENTINA 3 CAMERÚN 0 (Info)

Saturday, Sept 6th 8.00 / ARGENTINA - AUSTRALIA (Argentine coach Uriarte)

Sunday, Sept 7 11.30 - ARGENTINA - POLONIA

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