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Kenya hosts Zone 5 All Africa Games women beach volleyball qualifiers

The Kenya Volleyball Federation hopes to entice domestic and foreign tourists to the Zone V All Africa Games Women Beach qualifiers in Mombasa County this weekend.

Five nations namely hosts Kenya, alongside Egypt, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania will compete at the two-day event that begins at the Jamboree Resort in Bamburi on Friday.

All the visiting teams will jet into the country through the Moi International Airport in Mombasa.

“This event provides a classic platform to enhance sports tourism in Kenya,” Ben Juma, the event coordinator told Nairobi News.

“Such an event attracts thousands of spectators in South America and we are seeking to match those numbers here.”


Kenya coach Sammy Mulinge is optimistic his team will claim one of the four slots available from this Zone to grace the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville in September.

“Our week long camp training will see us through. Actually our overall target is to match or perform better than the third placed finish attained in Maputo in the last games,” Mulinge added.

Mulinge’s immediate task will be to select two from the five players currently in camp for the assignment.

Those in camp are Gladys Wangoi (Kenya Prisons), Naomi Too (KCB), Eunice Maiyo (KCB), Gaudencia Makokha (Kenya Pipeline) and Ednah Rotich (Kenya Defence Forces). Ruth Rop will manage the team.

Beach volleyball basic:

  • Game is played on sand, and court measurements are slightly smaller than those at the indoor arena.
  • Game involves two players per team. No substitution is allowed. A team concedes defeat if one of its players is injured and cannot play on.
  • Each team only allowed three touches of the ball.
  • Winner is determined in a best of three sets format.
  • First side to reach 21 points wins set. Incase of a 21-21 tie, the first side to accumulate two point advantage thereafter wins the set.
  • Coach not allowed to issue instructions on the touchline.