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19 April 2016
Abuja, Nigeria, April 18, 2016- The African Volleyball Confederation "CAVB" Continental Cup Women beach volleyball Finals wraps in Abuja with great success as new talents emerged from the sands of Jabi Lake. Africa is the first confederation to host its finals ahead of the Games in Rio with Egypt capturing gold medals and qualify to the Olympics.
Ten countries converged in the Nigerian capital for the sole ticket to the Olympics. The excitements, euphoria, brilliance, and new developments emerged from the continents and success was entirely based on the great performances and discipline from all participating nations.
Speaking exclusively the president of Nigeria Volleyball Federation Engineer Gumel Habu said he feels so proud to host the biggest beach volleyball event in Africa and the event has opened a new era for African beach volleyball
‘’I had watched so many beach volleyball events, but I think this one is exceptional. Teams were well prepared for the events, the Local organizing committee did well and all delegates, most importantly the control committee who I will commend them for the job well done. ‘’ I believed we can do more than this, we have learned so many things from it and in the future we can host big volleyball events Habu said.
Nigeria is a big country and many are now following beach volleyball especially when we won the Women beach volleyball gold medal at the All Africa Games in Congo, Brazzaville it sparks lot of excitements and mass participations and that transpired here, that’s why Jabi Lake was full to capacity.
This is a great moment for Africa and we should all join hand together to support the development of beach volleyball in Africa said Paul Atchoe President of Ghana Volleyball Federation. Atchoe called on his fellow National Federation Presidents to support grassroots volleyball to enhance the African Dream Project. Africa have lot of raw talent that we can explore and utilize, we have the strength, talent and nice beaches so let’s make good use of it Atchoe urged.
The 2010-2012 edition of the CAVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup helped boost the development of beach volleyball in Africa with 34 national federations competed for a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. On that inaugural event it was the South African men and Mauritian women who earned a berth.
By: Muhmmed L Saidykhan, from Abuja, Nigeria