Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Sierra Leone is set to host the Zone 2 Beach Volleyball Championship at the Africell Beach Sports Arena in Freetown. The three-day event, organized by the Volleyball Federation Sierra Leone (VFSL), kicks off on Friday, January 26, 2024, with seven countries, including Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal, and host Sierra Leone, participating in the championship. The tournament serves as a qualifier for the upcoming All Africa Games in Accra 2024.
Ahmed Khanou, the president of the Volleyball Federation, highlighted the significance of not only hosting the Zone II Beach Volleyball Championship but also its role as a pathway to potential participation in the Cup of African Nations in March 2024. Successful qualification is crucial for earning a spot in the much-anticipated All-African Games in Ghana.
“We are looking forward to hosting a very successful championship and also securing our qualification card for this event, benefiting all of us in Sierra Leone,” stated the VFSL President.
Khanou expressed his happiness for the support and partnership between the National Volleyball Federation and the National Olympic Committee (NOC). This collaboration, facilitated by an athlete support grant from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has played a vital role in the team’s training and participation in the zonal qualifiers.
Sorie Kamara, the Sierra Leone Beach Volleyball Director and Coach, outlined the Federation’s preparedness and strategies for hosting the National Beach Volleyball Championship.
The event promises exciting volleyball action, fostering regional sportsmanship, and providing a platform for Sierra Leone to showcase its talent on the international stage. The championship is expected to draw enthusiastic spectators to witness the thrilling matches and support their national teams. BT/26/1/2024