Hot favorites and top seeds Egypt, fielding a team comprised of all the individual medalists in a team, reclaiming the title they once lost in the last event in Poland two years ago, England nonetheless certainly gave them their sternest challenge of the tournament.
First up was Marwan Tarek, who two years back, had lost the decider match in Poland,
But he made up for it by emerging individual champion in 2017 and became a runner-up only here last week when he lost to compatriot Mosatafa Asal
But the Englishman Nick Walls played well to stay with Tarek all through the first, and the Egyptian’s reaction when he took the lead was indicative if both how much he wanted the win, and how tough that 17-minute game was.
There was a little niggle between the players towards the end of the game with words and looks exchanged.
Marwan says: “I understand his frustration, inside the court we all want to win
“He said some things to rattle me but I’ve been dealing with banter since I was 12, I know how to deal with it.”
Tarek was always ahead, but never comfortably, through the next two games, kneeling to kiss the floor as he gave his team the lead
In the second match Sam Todd threatened to give England a lifeline as he matched Omar El Torkey all the way, earning game balls at 10-9 and 11-10
Egypt’s bronze medalist held his nerve to take the lead, and never looked back as he took the next two games comfortably give Egypt the title – a record sixth.
REACTIONS FROM COACHES AN PLAYERS
Egyptian coach says: “We’re so proud and happy, the boys have worked so hard for this
‘’They’ve got their reward, bringing Egypt another treble, just like the girls last year
“This generation has taken over from those recent generations that have done the country so proud
‘’And they have the talent and the desire to dominate the senior ranks in the coming years
“Thanks to the organisers, the Indian squash federation and all the workers and volunteers
”That made this a great event that everyone will remember and can be proud of.”
Marwan reacts: “This win is very important to me, because I know what it’s like to be on the losing end of a final like this one
”This win makes up for losing out in the individuals as it’s the only junior trophy that was missing from my trophy cabinet
”It’s special that we were able to go through without dropping a single game.”
Lee Drew, England Coach says: We all knew that this is a very strong Egyptian team and that it would be very difficult
”The players gave everything and tested the Egyptians, we had chances to win the first game in both matches
”It’s a great achievement to be runner up at a World Championship, given the last time it was achieved by an English team was back in 2002
”Chris [Ryder] and I are immensely proud with the way the squad has performed.”
LAST WORDS FROM THE CHAMPION TEAM
Omar El Torkey: It’s amazing!
Mostafa El Serty: Wonderful, Amazing, Awesome.
Mostafa Asal: Congratulations for Egypt.
Marwan Tarek: Its back home.
FINAL :  Egypt 2-0  England
Bronze Medals : Czech Republic & USA
5th/6th: Canada 2-1 Malaysia
7th/8th: Hong Kong 2-0 Pakistan
9th/10th: Switzerland 2-1 New Zealand
11th/12th: India 2-1 Argentina
13th/14th: Colombia 2-0 Australia
15th/16th: Ireland 2-0 Germany
17th/18th: Scotland 2-1 France
19th/20th: South Africa 2-0 Singapore
21st/22nd: Finland 2-1 Qatar
23rd/24th: Zimbabwe 2-0 Saudi Arabia