Egypt’s women side on Wednesday beat their The Gambia counterparts 2-0 at the ongoing African Nations Beach Volleyball Senior Men and Women Championships in Abuja.
The Egyptian duo of Farida El Askalany and Focus Else Ghobashy beat the pair of Abie Kujahi and Fatoumata Ceesay in a Pool A tie 21-6, 21-13.
Speaking later, Ahmed Abdallah, Egypt’s coach, said he was happy they won the game.
“We played against a good Gambian team and I’m happy that we beat them 2-0. But it was an easy match for my players because they are more experienced than their opponents.
“We will have a tougher game when we face Nigeria .
“But our target is to take the first position in this competition, so that we will participate in the World Cup in Germany,’’ he said.
On his part, the head coach of Gambia, Babucarr Barrow, said he was also happy with his team’s performance even though they lost the match.
“We lost against a big team. They are the champions of beach volleyball in Africa, and their players are Olympic players. So, they are more experienced than my players.
“My players really tried during the game, because they were able to make some little points.
“However, we had some little challenges, and I will correct our mistakes when we go back so that we can do well in our subsequent games.
“But this is our second game in the female category. In the male category, we will meet Mozambique which is a battle we need to win for us to qualify for the next level,” he said.
Meanwhile, in the first match played on Wednesday in the competition’s male category, Mozambique beat South Africa 2-0.
In other matches, Nigeria lost 0-2 to Ghana while Rwanda lost 0-2 also to Morocco.
Also, Sierra Leone beat Angola 2-1 while Benin Republic beat Cote d’Ivoire 2-0.
In the female category, Morocco beat Sudan 2-0 while Mauritius beat Sudan 2-0.
Morocco also beat Sierra Leone 2-0, Mauritius beat Cote d’Ivoire 2-0, Botswana beat Sudan 2-0, while Egypt beat Nigeria 2-0.
The competition’s female category has the teams placed in four pools.
Pool A has Nigeria, Egypt and Gambia, while Pool B has Rwanda, Algeria and Niger.
Also, Pool C has Morocco, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Botswana, while Pool D has Mozambique, Mauritius and Cote d’Ivoire.
The competition’s male category has in Pool A Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Botswana and Tanzania, while Pool B has Mozambique, South Africa, Gambia, Sudan and Zambia.
In Pool C are Sierra Leone, Angola, Benin Republic and Cote d’Ivoire, while in Pool D we have Rwanda, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.
A total of 21 countries are participating in the championships which began on Sunday at the Jabi Lake, and will end on April 28.
NAN also reports that the tournament is being hosted by the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) in conjunction with the Confederation of African Volleyball