VOLLEYBALL: Hosts Nigeria Lose As Egypt, Morocco Crowned Champions

Morocco and Egypt have been crowned champions of the men and women’s events at the just concluded 2019 Africa Beach Volleyball Cup Seniors in Abuja.

Nigeria, meanwhile, missed out on the medal places after suffering a loss in the women’s third-place match.

The Moroccan duo of Abicha Mohammed and Elgraoui Zouheir beat Patrick Kavalo Akumuntu and Olivier Ntagengwa of Rwanda 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) to win the men’s final on Saturday.

An elated Elgraoui Zouheir spoke about his excitement in winning the title for a second straight time.

“I feel so great about this win; it is the most important thing to me because this is my second title in a row.

“We had a strange feeling in our group because all the teams were good, so the level of the team was high. You saw Rwanda qualified from our group and got to the final and anyone who plays better wins.”

The Stade Poitevin Volley Beach Club player said, “Next for my team is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics; I hope we qualify because at the last qualification, we lost in the final.”

Mozambique took bronze as they defeated Sierra Leone 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) in the men’s third-place match.

In the women’s final, two-time Olympian, Doaa Elghobashy and 2019 Most Valuable Player at the Africa Club Championship, Farida El Askalany combined for Egypt to defeat Mauritius 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) to clinch the trophy.

Rwanda’s team of the experienced  Charlotte Nzayisenga and Benita Benita Mukandayisenga settled for third place after beating Nigeria 2-0 (21-18, 21-16)