Confirmed: Sierra Leone to host African beach volleyball qualifiers


September 18, 2018 By Sahr Morris Jnr

Sierra Leone’s Patrick Lombi (left) at the net against Paolo Nicolai of Italy

Sierra Leone has been confirmed as the official tournament host of both the male and female African region 2018 Commonwealth Games qualifiers

Gold Coast, Australia.

All 17 African nations plus Sierra Leone that are under the Commonwealth flag; Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia, are expected to converge in Freetown in October,2017.

According to FIVB international referee and senior official in the Sierra Leone Volleyball Association, Mohamed Benson Bawoh, they are planning to host the tournament the last week of October 2017.
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He said: “We are expecting to get confirmation from all the Nations latest by Monday September 18 before we make public the actual date for the tournament, but what is clear is that the qualifiers will be staged in  the last week in October.”

With Beach Volleyball set to make its debut in the 2018 Games, all 18 nation are expected to battle for the only single male and female slot allocated for Africa.

Already, team Sierra Leone are in preparation for the tournament and according to Beach Volleyball director and head coach of the national team, Coach Sorie Kamara, the players are training intensively and are working on very hard.
He said: “With the experience gained from the World Championship I believe the boys will qualify the team because they are up to the task.”