Following last month’s poor show in the Olympic games qualifier, Rwandan pair of Denise Mutatsimpundu and Charlotte Nzayisenga are hoping to recover by staging a successful performance in the African Beach Volleyball Cup tournament.
The tournament is scheduled to be held in Lome, Togo from June 27-July 2.
Rwanda is among other nations who will be fighting for the African crown include Guinea Conakry, Senegal, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Niger, Gabon, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
The winner and five other runner-ups will also represent Africa in the World Junior Beach Volleyball Championship set for Halifax, Canada from August 29-September 2.
The pair of Mutatsimpundu and Nzayisenga, who also play for Ruhango volleyball club in the national volleyball league are engaged in intensive trainings in Kigali under the tutelage of Kenyan coach Paul Bitok and they hope they will redeem the nation’s pride by winning the African crown in Lome.
During the Olympic qualifiers, the pair failed to help Rwanda go past South Africa and went on to lose 4-1 to an experienced and All Africa Games silver medalists Palesa Sekhonyana and Randy Williams.
Rwanda also lost to Algeria (3-1) before snatching a consolation winner (3-1) against neighbours DRC.