Dar beach volleyball team suffers early exit in Africa Beach Games   

24Jun 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Dar beach volleyball team suffers early exit in Africa Beach Games   

TANZANIA’s women beach volleyball team has been ranked 14th in the women category of the Africa Beach Games which climaxed at Santa Maria Beach, Cape Verde yesterday.

Tanzania’s women beach volleyball team’s players, Hellen Richard (L) and Yasinta Remmy, in a group picture with their coach Alfred Selengia, prior to the start of the African Beach Games at Santa Maria Beach in Cape Verde last weekend. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALFRED SELENGIA

 

The games, organized by Confederation of African Volleyball CAVB, brought together teams from across the continent and took place from June 19.

In the women category, Tanzania that was made up of Hellen Richard and Yasinta Remmy missed out on the quarterfinals, having registered one win and two defeats.

The squad, put in Pool A of the tournament alongside Gambia, South Sudan, Algeria and hosts Cape Verde, lost 2-0 to Gambia in the first game.

Gambia came out with 21-14 victory in the opening set and wrapped up their win in the remaining set, cruising to 21-19 win.

Tanzania regrouped to cruise to 2-1 win over South Sudan in the following match. In the all-East African affair, South Sudan posted 21-17 win, they could not match their opponents’ prowess in the remainder of the encounter as the latter won 21-18 and 18-16.

In the third game, Tanzania conceded 2-0 to Algeria to effectively see their hopes for qualification for the knockout stage go up smokes. Tanzania brought their spell in the round robin stage to an end on Saturday, conceding 2-0 loss to hosts.    

The championships’ women category had 17 teams which were put into four pools according to the regulations.

One of the pools was made up of five teams whereas the other three had four teams each owing to the latest CAVB ranking.

Hosts Cape Verde, Algeria, Gambia, South Sudan and Tanzania were in Pool A whereas Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Guinea Bissau made Pool B.

Pool C was made up of Mauritius, Niger, Angola and Guinea Conakry, Pool D brought together Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Mozambique and Namibia.

Coach Alfred Selengia had led the women beach volleyball team. Selengia noted before the trip he was hopeful that the players will perform well at the event.

"We have been training well and I am sure the team will perform well, my players have told me that they are ready for the games as they want to make history by being in the group of athletes with medals at the inaugural African Beach Games and qualify for the world games "he said.

The continental tournament served as qualifiers for the world volleyball governing body (FIVB) Beach Games which will take place in the United States of America (USA) later this year.