Rwanda Vs England
Rwanda women beach volleyball team will play England in their second and final warm-up match today ahead of the 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia.
This year’s edition of the quadrennial multidiscipline tournament starts tomorrow and runs until April 15 in Gold Coast, Australia.
The Rwandan team, which has Denise Mutatsimpundu and Charlotte Nzayisenga, played their first warm-up game against Trinidad and TobagoFriday, winning it in straight sets, 21-16 and 21-12.
In a telephone interview with Times Sport from Australia yesterday, head coach Christopher Mudahinyuka said that “After winning the first warm-up, we are focused on taking our chances against England on Wednesday (today). From there, we will have a clearer picture of where we are headed in the competition which starts on Friday.”
“Our major target is to reach the quarter-finals, and from that stage, we can focus on each game as it comes” he added.
Rwanda will be the sole African nation among the 12 national teams vying for honours in the women’s beach volleyball.
Beach volleyball is a new discipline in Commonwealth Games.
The Rwandan duo of Mutatsimpundu and Nzayisenga booked their ticket to the XXI Commonwealth Games after beating Nigeria in the final of African Championships in Sierra Leone last October.
The Rwandan duo will begin their campaign against New Zealand on April 7 before taking on Vanuatu on April 8 and then wrap up the group stage with a clash against Singapore the following day.
Rwanda joined the Commonwealth in 2009 before making her debut at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 in Delhi, India. Rwandans competed again at the 2014 Games staged in Glasgow, Scotland. Hover, the country is yet to win any medal in the Games.
The Commonwealth Games attracts athletes representing 70 countries and territories in 18 sports and 270 medal events.