Rwandawomen’s sitting volleyball team registered two wins out of five games played against Egypt in a one-week training camp that ended over the weekend at the National Paralympic Committee gymnasium at Amahoro stadium.
Up against arguably the strongest side on the African continent, the Rwandans defeated Egypt 3-1 in the opening game before a humiliating 0-3 loss the following day.
The hosts then returned the favour with an identical 3-0 win against North Africans but the more experienced Egypt side recovered to win two back-to-back games to complete a 3-2 series win.
In an exclusive interview with Times Sport Rwanda’s head coach Phillip Kramer said, “I am quite impressed with our performance. However we have to learn to be consistent. We still have a lot of work to do and we have to continue training.”
Rwanda is the reigning East African champions after seeing off competition from Kenya and Uganda and next year will be eyeing Africa’s only slot at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.
It will be the first time an African women’s sitting volleyball team is competing at the Summer Paralympics. At the London 2012 event, the Rwanda men’s sitting volleyball team became the first sub Saharan team to compete at the Paralympics.