February 23, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The Sierra Leone national beach volleyball male and female teams will be seeking qualification to the next round of the Zone II Rio 2016 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball qualifiers in Conakry, Guinea.
The qualifiers were expected to have been staged in Bamako, Mali but the Confederations of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) has announced a change of venue to Conakry with the qualifiers set to commence in March.
Sierra Leone will face the new host nation Guinea, alongside Guinea Bissau and Mali in Pool Three of the qualifiers, with both the winner and runner-up booking automatic spots to the next round of the competition.
Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Volleyball Association (SLVA), Ahmed Khanou, has promised they will travel with a very strong squad backed up by a high delegation of supporters, journalists and players.
He said: “The tournament would now play in Conakry, Guinea so we will be there with full support and a huge delegation.”
Meanwhile, 12 players – including six males and six females – were earlier invited by the technical team for a training session at the volleyball court at Lumley Beach as the SLVA continues with their preparations for the tournament.
This will be Sierra Leone’s second test in Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers and coach Sorie believes both the male and female teams will make it to Rio in 2016.