Beach Volleyball: Egypt Wins First African Continental Cup

Egypt was able to qualify to the Olympics by winning its first African Beach Volleyball Continental Cup. The Continental Cup features nations with two beach volleyball teams playing against each other. Ten teams reached the final tournament where they were split into two groups of five. The top two advanced to the semi-final where the winner qualified to the Olympics. The African Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final was held in Abuja, Nigeria from April 14th to April 17th 2016.

Group A was topped by Nigeria as they defeated 2012 winner, Mauritius 2-0. Mauritius booked its spot to the semi-final with wins over Sierra Leone, Gambia and Ghana.

Group B was topped by Egypt and Rwanda as the two nations defeated Morocco, Namibia and Mozambique. The match between Egypt and Rwanda was rained out and was not played on the first day. It is currently unknown if a replacement match was played on the second day, but regardless Rwanda topped the group.

The first semi-final between Nigeria and Egypt had the two nations trading matches as their number one teams defeated their opponent’s number two teams. A final golden match was used to determine the winner where Egypt won the match 2-0 to win the overall series 2-1. Rwanda also booked its spot to the final as both of their teams defeated Mauritius’ teams.

The final between Egypt and Rwanda had the two nations trading wins as their top team defeated their opponent’s second team. The final golden match was played where Egypt won both sets 21-19 and a spot to the Olympics. Nigeria won the bronze medal by winning the series 2-0 against Mauritius.

Rwanda and Nigeria will be given a second opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at the final qualification tournament to be held during the final days of qualification.

 

Tournament Rankings

  1. Egypt
  2. Rwanda
  3. Nigeria
  4. Mauritius
  5. Morocco
  6. Sierra Leone
  7. Namibia
  8. Gambia
  9. Mozambique
  10. Ghana

 

 

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