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13 April 2016
The Namibian women’s team for Beach volleyball will be competing against the strongest African teams in Abuja at the CAVB Continental Cup qualifying for the Olympic Games.
The team members, Kim Seebach, Julia Laggner, Rosi Hennes, Stephanie Palmhert and National Beach Volleyball Coach; James Verrinder, flew to Abuja, Nigeria on Sunday in an attempt to achieve a spot and qualify for the Rio Olympics 2016.
The team is in a group of six teams namely, Ghana, sierra Leone, Kenya Rwanda and Morocco. The first game to be played by the Namibian team will be on the 13th of April 2016.
According to National Beach Volleyball Coach; James Verrinder in order for the team to qualify, they will need to top the group they are in and play against a second group of six teams for the one spot from Africa to the Rio Olympics.
The qualification process started back in November 2014 for both the men and Women teams. The teams took part in the sub-zonal phase at DTS Beach Arena, Windhoek.
The men’s team did not able to qualify to the next round, falling to Angola, Zimbabwe, but the ladies managed to finish second behind Angola and qualified to the next round
In November 2015 the team travelled to Cairo, Egypt to compete against Egypt, Rwanda & Angola. In the finals the team played against Angola and beat them 3:2 to qualify into the Continental Cup Finals in Nigeria.
The team travelled to Uganda in December 2015 to attend the Castle Lite International Beach Volleyball Tournament.
“It was a great opportunity to see and play against Rwanda & Kenya in preparation for potentially meeting them in the finals” says James Verrinder.