ANGOLA, MOZAMBIQUE TOPS AS RWANDA SHOCKS EGYPT AT 2019 AFRICA BEACH VOLLEYBALL

ANGOLA, MOZAMBIQUE TOPS AS RWANDA SHOCKS EGYPT AT 2019 AFRICA BEACH VOLLEYBALL

BY DARE KUTI

Host Nigeria, Angola, Ghana and Mozambique won their respective matches at the 2019 Africa Nations Beach Volleyball male and Female Cup Seniors in Abuja.

Nigeria’s duo, Goodluck Anyasodike and Godwin Shekarau beat Tanzania 21-13, 21-14 in the first match of Pool A before defeating Mauritius 21-12, 23-21 in their second game.

In the other Pool A match, Ghana overcame Botswana 3-1 (21-15, 20-22, 16-14) and went on to whitewashed Tanzania 2-0 (21-14, 21-12).

South Africa were too strong for Sudan as they beat them 2-0 (21-12, 21-16) and won Gambia 2-0 (21-18, 21-13) while Mozambique beat Zambia 2-0 (21-13, 21-14) and Sudan 2-1 (21-18, 21-18) in the Pool B.

In the Pool C, Angola lead the table after winning two matches against Benin Republic 2-0 (21-15, 21-10) and Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 (21-05, 21-13).

Rwanda produced an outstanding performance beating Egypt 3-1 (20-22, 21-13, 15-12) to top Pool D.

Coach of Rwanda, Paul Bitok told newsmen that he is in Abuja to lift the trophy despite having three North Africans in his pool.

In the female category,  Tochukwu Nnoruga and Fransica Ikhiede from Nigeria  beat Gambia  Abie Kujabi and Fatoumata Ceesay  21-10  21-16 to end the game 2-0.

At the end of the game, the captain of team Nigeria, Tochukwu Nnoruga said she was happy that they won their first game.

 “The last set was difficult but I’m happy that we won the game, we will be playing Egypt this evening we will work hard to defeat them because they have been our challenges in this beach volleyball.

The female category is grouped in to four pools; In pool A Nigeria, Egypt and Gambia, In Pool B: Rwanda, Algeria and Niger.

In Pool C:  Morocco Sierra Leone, Sudan and Botswana and in the Pool D are : Mozambique , Mauritius and Cote d’Ivoire.

The male category in Pool A: Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Botswana and Tanzania, In Pool B: Mozambique, South Africa, Gambia, Sudan and Zambia.

In pool C: Sierra Leone, Angola, Benin Republic and Cote d’Ivoire, in Pool D: Rwanda, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.

A total of 21 countries are participating in the 2019 Africa Nations Beach Volleyball male and female Cup Seniors.

Day 1 male Results:

  • Nigeria v Tanzania 2-0 (21-12, 21-18)
  • Mozambique v Zambia 2-0 (21-13, 21-14)
  •  Sierra Leone v Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 (21-9, 21-13)
  •  Rwanda v Egypt 3-1 (20-22, 21-13, 15-12)
  •  Ghana v Botswana 3-1 (21-15, 20-22, 16-14)
  •  South Africa v Sudan 2-0 (21-12, 21-16)
  •  Angola v Benin Republic 2-0 (21-15, 21-10)
  • Morocco v Algeria 1-2 (14-21, 14-21)
  •  Nigeria v Mauritius 2-0 (21-17, 23-21)
  •  South Africa v Gambia 2-0 (21-18, 21-13)
  •  Angola v Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 (21-05, 21-13)
  •  Mozambique v Sudan 2-1 (21-18, 21-18)
  •  Gambia v Zambia 2-0 (21-19, 21-10)
  •  Ghana v Tanzania 2-0 (21-14, 21-12).

Female:

  • Morocco v Botswana 2-0 (21-14, 21-9)
  • Nigeria v Gambia 2-0 (21-10, 21-16)
  •  Rwanda v Niger 2-0 (21-13, 21-9)
  •  Mozambique v Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 (21-11, 21-7)
  •  Sierra Leone v Sudan (21-19, 21-19)
  •  Algeria v Niger 1-2 (22-24, 21-15, 12-15)

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