May 5, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Sierra Leone beach volleyball male team will get their 2016 CAVB Men’s Continental Cup final round for the Rio 2016 Olympic underway today, 5 May, against their West Africa opponent The Gambia in the morning hours in Tunisia.
After the Gambia encounter, the team will face Egypt in their second match of the day, while their opponents in Pool A, Tunisia and Egypt, will battle in the morning hours before the Tunisians take on Rwanda in their second match of the day.
Sierra Leone is drawn alongside Tunisia, Egypt, Angola, Rwanda and Gambia, while Pool B includes Ghana, Ivory Coast, Angola and Mozambique. The 10 teams are all battling for the single qualification spot for the Olympic Games and the tournament will be played on a round-robin format.
According to team Sierra Leone media officer, Florence Amara, all the coaches present in Tunisia are worried for their teams due to the constant terrible cold wind in Tunis.
She said: “The weather condition was felt after all the teams had their training sessions at the event venue today. The coaches believe that the windy atmosphere may affect the player’s performance.
“This is a worrisome condition and heart rendering for the players; they coaches grieve, especially for the West African teams who have trained under hot burning sun for couple of months ahead of the most competition.”
Amara said the Sierra Leone coach, Sorie Kamara, who also shared the same view, is hopeful that his boys could adapt easily as the competition progresses.