Kelibia, Tunisia, May 1, 2021-CF Carthage coach Rekaya Kamel believes the character of his team was key in the 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-22) win over rivals CS Sfaxien on Friday night.
The 2017 champions maintained their perfect record at the competition that has seen them win all their seven matches without dropping a set.
Kamel was particularly impressed by how his team overcame a strong surge by Sfax in the second and third sets to stamp their authority in this edition.
“In volleyball to win one match you need talent but to win consistently it takes character. This team has shown a lot of character. They believe that even if we don’t start well they can still win,” Kamel told CAVB Media.
A tactical change in the second set saw Kamel introduce setter Ben Soltane Ghofrane which worked as they came from behind to win 25-23. Similarly, the introduction of Most Valuble Player and Best Setter Barhoumi Marwa in the third set proved crucial as Carthage once again staged an incredible comeback to win the set 25-22.
“In a final it’s difficult for the setter to play with same consistency throughout that’s why we keep changing when need be.
“Our services worked well for us and they were part of our strategy. Marwa did so well and I’m happy because our game plan paid off,” noted Kamel.
The impressive unbeaten run brought back memories of his triumph with Tunisia men’s team in 2007.
“Fourteen years back I had this success with men’s team at Nation Championships in Kelibia. I told my players I want to repeat the same and I’m happy I’ve done it again in Kelibia without dropping a set,” said Kamel.
Carthage will represent Africa at the World Club Championships and Kamel is confident they will do well this time round.