Excitement looms in Abuja as teams gather for Women Continental Cup finals

13 April 2016

Abuja, Nigeria, April 14, 2016- The CAVB Continental cup is down to the wire in the Nigerian Capital of Abuja on Thursday. Africa will on Sunday April 17 know which country will be the second since Continental cup was introduced in 2010 to travel to the Olympics Games when the City of Rio opens its doors for millions of athletes in June this year. 10 countries are currently converged in the Nigerian capital of Abuja for 4days of excitements and euphoria for a search of Olympic berth. 24 national federations have participated in both genders. This accounted a great number of countries impressively participating, with a massive increase since the maiden edition completed in 2012 with Mauritius winning the inaugural edition in the Women's event and South Africa in men category.

 

At the Technical meeting held at Starview Palace hotel in Abuja coaches and players express their readiness for the finals. The President of Nigerian Volleyball Federation Engineer Gumel welcome the delegates to his country, the CAVB Executive vice-President went on further to thank and congratulate the athletes for coming this far in the competition. He Conveyed CAVB’s President Amr Elwani’s message to the delegates and urged the athletes to be good ambassadors of their countries.

 

The Director of Beach Volleyball at CAVB May Alaa, expressed delight to journalists. She outlined the importance of the events and disclosed what the future hold for African beach volleyball. "Africa is blessed with physical strength, beautiful beaches and white sands so with those we can promote the game of beach volleyball in our continent Alaa stressed

 

Competition Format

 

The 2016 continental cup Women's final will be stiffly competed between 10 nations that is Host Nigeria, Mozambique, Mauritius, Egypt, Gambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Morocco, Ghana and Namibia. Each pool is played in round robin format to determine places from 1 to 5.

 

Matches will be played according to the best of Three matches per tie, with best of three sets. The eventual winners of the finals will get the right to participate in the beach volleyball tournament of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Whiles the 2nd and 3rd National Federations will qualify to the FIVB World Olympic qualifications with all the Confederations, forming a total of 10 countries all competing for the last 2 places in the Rio Olympics Games.

 

By: Muhammed L Saidykhan from Abuja, Nigeria