Rwanda crowned Zone V Beach volleyball champions

The Rwandan men’s beach volleyball team of Olivier Ntagengwa and Flavien Ndamukunda has been crowned this year’s Zone V champions after beating Burundi in the final on Saturday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Rwandan men’s beach volleyball team of Olivier Ntagengwa and Flavien Ndamukunda has been crowned this year’s Zone V champions after beating Burundi in the final on Saturday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Ndamukunda and Ntagengwa beat Burundian opponents 2-0 (21-11 and 21-18). The two-day tournament started on Friday.

Rwanda has qualified for this year’s All African Games slated in Congo Brazzaville in September 4-19 along with Burundi, Kenya and Egypt.

En-route to the final, the Rwandan pair secured two wins in three games in group stages. Rwanda beat Uganda 2- 0 (21-18 and 21-16) and Eritrea 2-0 (21-5, 21-6) before losing to Burundi 2-1 (26 24, 18-21 and 13-15).

In semi-finals Ntagengwa and Ndamukunda beat the Kenyan team 2-1, (21-17, 21-13, and 15-12) while Burundi won over Egypt 2-1.

Meanwhile, National volleyball team head coach Paul Bitok has named a final 14-player squad ahead of friendly matches against Cameron from April 21-26 in Douala. The team will travel to Cameroon on Monday evening and return six days later. Rwanda men’s senior volleyball team will play warm-up matches against Cameroon in reparation for the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) Zone V tournament slated for May 1-6 in Kigali.

Rwanda will be looking for qualification in Zone V, Group 1 event, against Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda with the winner will qualify for the 2015 All Africa Games to be held in Congo Brazzaville from September 4-19.

Volleyball squad:

Setters: Eugene Tuyishime, Silvestre Ndayisabye and Ivan Mahoro Nsabimana
Libero: Emile ‘Dada’ Karera and Bosco Mutabazi.
Left attackers: Flavien Ndamukunda, Olivier Ntagengwa and Yves Mutabazi.
Right attackers: Yakan Guma Laurence, Nelson Murangwa and Adolphe Mutoni.
Center players: Pierre Marshal Kwizera, Fred Musoni and Vincent ‘Gasongo’ Dusabimana.

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