According to the Coach of the Female Volleyball team, Sorie Kamara who also doubles as Team Manager has told Leone Sports that the female side has booked their place in this year’s All African Games slated for September this year in Mozambique.
The Sierra Leone side booked their place when they finished second behind Morocco in the just-concluded Zonal Qualification of the Confederation of African Beach Volleyball for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Coach Sorie went further to state that the female team deserves a place because they did a marvelous job during the competition to ensure that they qualify for the competition by defeating Guinea in the semi and they lost in the final to the most experienced side in the competition, Morocco.
Sorie Kamara also confirmed that immaturity, inexperience and lack of exposure were all factors that affected the team in the grand final but with more international competitions “this particular team will create serious impact.”
He also revealed that the female team has made the association and the nation proud, as they have taken the country to the highest peak in Volleyball.
He also stated that the last competition was a test case for them. “This time we’re more determined and focused to make progress in Mozambique and prepare ahead of the next round of the Olympic qualifiers which has been slated for October this year,” said Coach Sorie Kamara.
For both competitions, the team has started intensive training at the Lumley Beach and the National Stadium Weightlifting Gym to improve on their physical fitness ahead of the competitions.
The Secretary General of the Volleyball Association, Ahmed Khanou, also expressed his satisfaction over the female team’s performance. “I’m very much impressed and proud of the team, as an executive we are going to do our best to upkeep and encourage the team so that they may do well in the coming international competitions,” Ahmed stressed.