WP Trophy 2013, day 2: Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan take the lead

FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2013, Kuwait City (KUW) - credit: @ahmad_akbarKuwait City, KUWAIT - The second day of the FINA men's Water Polo Development Trophy began with a Group B game between two unbeaten teams: Uzbekistan representing Asia and Puerto Rico, one of the teams from the Americas.

On the back of an outstanding 8 goal performance from Kiril Rustomova, wearing cap  no.7, the Uzbeks, after falling behind 2-0 in the first quarter, took control of the rest of the game, winning by a score of 15-10 and handing the fatigued Puerto Ricans their first loss.

The second game of the day was a Group A game, again between two unbeaten teams: Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. The more disciplined Saudi Arabians controlled the game winning each period by one goal. They prevailed over the Uruguayans by an 11-7 final score and moved into first place in the Group.

Tuesday’s second session started with another Asia versus America contest: Singapore facing off against Peru. After a frustrating start for both teams who were having trouble retaining possession long enough to score goals, the better conditioned team from Singapore took control in the second half winning by a score of 15-6 dropping the loser, Peru into a last place tie in Group A. Eight different players shared the scoring for Singapore.

The middle game of the session was a North African battle played between Tunisia and Egypt, with a good contingent of Tunisian fans out-cheering those from Egypt. However, in the water the Egyptian team was too strong for the Tunisians, who lost by a score of 19-7. It was a hard fought game which was by far the most intense and physical of the tournament.


KUW vs GUA - credit: @ahmad_akbar (Instagram)
KUW vs GUA - credit: @ahmad_akbar (Instagram)

The last game of the day saw the host team from Kuwait hit the water for the first time in the tournament. Playing before a home town audience, they met the team from Guatemala for the first time since 2009. History repeated itself as the Kuwaitis were dominant winners, 24-3, over the Guatemalans who have never won against the team from Kuwait.

Day 3 will see the top 2 teams from Group A, Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, meet in an important match which will likely determine the first place position in the group.