Squash: Egypt defeat England 2-0 to clinch WSF Men’s World Team Championship

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 17 Dec 2023

Egypt secured the WSF Men’s World Team Championship title with a resounding 2-0 victory over England on the final day of the esteemed tournament held in Tauranga, New Zealand.

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In an impressive display of skill and determination, Egyptian squash sensation Mostafa Asal swiftly dispatched England's Marwan ElShorbagy in just 49 minutes, securing a flawless 3-0 win (11-9, 11-9, 11-9).

Meanwhile, Ali Farag faced a tougher challenge against Mohamed ElShorbagy but emerged triumphant after a grueling 70-minute match, ultimately winning 3-2 (8-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7).

This victory marks Egypt's third consecutive WSF Men's World Team Championship, having previously claimed the title in both the 2017 and 2019 editions. The 2021 tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on the team's achievement, Egypt coach Hesham El-Attar expressed his elation, stating: "It's absolutely amazing! There was a lot of tension; I know there were expectations for us to deliver, but we wanted it badly."

El-Attar acknowledged the pressure that came with high expectations and emphasized the team's approach: "We had to distract ourselves with the daily routine and not think too far ahead. One hour at a time."

It is noteworthy that former Egyptian squash players Mohamed and Marwan ElShorbagy decided to compete for England in all future Professional Squash Association (PSA) and World Squash Federation (WSF) sanctioned tournaments.

"As everyone knows, anything can happen, and as we saw in the matches, it was very tense, with rallies being very close. Ali felt that responsibility and, at one point, wasn't very happy with his game. He had to make some changes and then went back, and his retrieving was amazing," commented El-Attar.

With this triumph, Egypt now boasts six WSF Men's World Team Championship titles, surpassing England's tally of one, solidifying their dominant position in the rankings.

"It's a wonderful feeling, and it hasn't quite sunk in yet," concluded the Egypt coach, basking in the team's remarkable achievement.

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