Rio 2016: Rwanda battle Egypt in African Women’s Beach Volleyball Qualifier for Olympic ticket


Rwanda women’s Beach Volleyball team face Egypt in African qualifier final for their second consecutive Rio Olympic Games ticket today at the Jabi Lake Beach in Abuja.

Coach Christopher Mudahinyuka’s team qualified for the final of the final qualifiers after defeating Mauritius in a semi-final in straight sets 2-0, 2-0 on Saturday.

Rwanda, which has lost only one game so far in the competition that started on April 13, finished on top of Pool B after winning all their games played in a round robin format to reach the semi-finals.

In their opening game, Rwanda defeated Mozambique by 2-0 before overcoming Egypt in the second match, again by the same score.

In the third match, Mudahinyuka’s girls lost to Mozambique 2-0 before revenging with a 2-1 win in the fourth game.

Rwanda also defeated Egypt 2-1, Morocco 2-0 and Namibia 2-1 to seal a semi-final berth.

Mudahinyuka revealed that; “Our target is to qualify and we have been motivated by this excellent performance, we are now looking ahead to the final, we are ready to fight and make history.”

Rwanda’s two teams of four players comprise of; Rwanda Revenue Authority pair of Seraphine Mukantambara and Judith Hakizimana while Denyse Mutatsimpundu (APR) partners with Charlotte Ndayisenga (RRA).

While Egypt, stopped hosts and reigning African champions, Nigeria after a golden match victory following a tie.

In the golden and deciding match, the Egyptians capitalized on the poor show of Nigeria’s pair as they recorded won 2-0 by 12-21, 18-21.

This match-up had even more excitement in store for the African champions on the beach. Egypt won the North Africa derby in comfortable style against the towering Morocco showcasing their brilliant serving and passing game in the match.

Throughout the game, Egyptian players have been able to control the matchups with their adept passing play. The players utilize their passes to set up point-winning spikes and this aspect of the game has been improving steadily, especially in the finishing department.

The winner of the final will automatically qualify to represent Africa in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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