SLVA unveils squads for Olympic qualifiers


March 23, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

The Sierra Leone Volleyball Association (SLVA) on Friday March 20 unveiled its male and female beach volleyball squads for theZone II Rio 2016 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball qualifiers in Conakry, Guinea.

The ceremony was held during the association’s commissioning of their secretariat and the court flooring mat at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.

SLVA secretary general, Ahmed Khanou, said the selected players will represent the country in the three-day competition in Conakry to seek qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The male team includes national captain Abu Bakarr Kamara, Africa’s top ranked player Patrick Lombi, Bangali Tarawallie, Ishmael Bangura and John Kamara.

The female squad on the other hand includes Nancy Collier, Zainab Kamara, Josephine Sesay, Kadiatu Turay and Francess Lansana.
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In an exclusive interview with Concord Sports, Zainab Kamara said she was delighted to be part of the squad that will travel to Guinea, and promised to do her best to help the team seek qualification to the next round of the tournament.

“For me it is always a pleasure to be called up to represent my country, and like always achieving success as a team is my priority,” Kamara said in a determined mood.

Also, the male team captain, Abu Bakarr Kamara, is confident that they will not only qualify to the next round of the tournament but believes they have the squad to secure a place in the 2016 Rio Games.

He said: “Our priority is to qualify for the Olympic Games and in doing so we must do our best to get pass this stage, for which I am confident we can.”

The team is expected to depart Freetown for Conakry later this week where they will face host Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mali.

This will be Sierra Leone’s second test in Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers with the first being in 2011.