Seven teams compete for Women's African Olympic berth

11 February 2016

2016 Women's African Olympic Qualifier

 

Yaoundé, Cameroon , February 11, 2016-  Seven countries will be fighting for the Women's Olympic berth when they start on Friday competing at the 2016 Women's African Olympic qualifier due to take place February 12 to 16 at Palais des Sports hall in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

 Organisers Cameroon will be joined by powerhouses and African champions Kenya, two time Olympians Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda and Botswana in the tournament that shows the winners qualify directly to the prestigious Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, while the second and third ranked team earn another opportunity through the World Olympic Qualifier.

 

 The seven teams will be divided into 2 preliminary pools with pool A including 3 countries headed by the organisers , while Pool B features 4 teams. The drawing of lots will be done on Thursday evening at Djeuga Hotel in Yaoundé.

 

 African Giants Kenya stay as the heaviest favourites for the Olympic spot as they had a fantastic year in 2015 gaining the Women's African Nations Championship for the 9th time and adding the gold medals of All Africa Games beside the great achievement at the world level after the clinched the Group 3 gold medal in the World Grand Prix. Kenya prepared locally with their main stars led by the outside hitter Mercy Moim and the efficient setter Jane Wacu.

 

 Algeria prepared through a camp in Tunisia where they played three matches against the Tunisian team. The Algerian squad featured the return back of the veteran star Lydia Oulmou who play for the French side Hainaut Volley.  

 

 After some years of absence at the international level, Egypt aims to clinch the Olympic ticket after a big renewal of their team. They had a camp in Slovenia preceded by a local training in Cairo for 2 months.

 

 Cameroon is considered a heavy favourites for the Olympic ticket as they won the bronze medal in the 2015 African Nations Championship followed by the silver in the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo. The team compete with almost the same lineup of last year's achievements.

 

 Tunisia is coming back to the top of Women's African Volleyball after they clinched the 2014 World Championship's ticket after beating giants Kenya in their homelands. The young players of the team like Jihen Mohamed and Ahlem Trayi will join the great experiences in the Tunisian side.

 

 Both Botswana and Uganda are fighting to show their progress in the last few years with a great dream to claim the Olympic ticket.