Rwanda has for the first time won the African beach volleyball championship and eventually qualified for the World Junior Beach Volleyball Championships set to be held from August 29 to September 2 in Halifax, Canada.
Rwanda’s U-20 team ensured their dream after beating qualified for the first time World Cup, after beating Serra Leone (2-0), Gabon (2-0) and Zimbabwe (2-0). The team lost one match against South Africa in two straight sets.
Rwanda was pooled in Pool B, along with Sierra Leone, Gabon, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Rwanda finished in second place, behind South Africa.
The youthful pair of Denise Mutatsimpundu and Charlotte Nzayisenga who was making their debut in an African championship held in Togo’s capital of Lome marched into the finals where they dispatched rivals South Africa 2-0 to win the title for the first time in the history of African volleyball.
Other teams which were competing in the tournament include hosts Togo, Guinea Conakry, Senegal, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Niger, Gabon, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.