Gambia write history, Senegal make it through at CAVB Continental Cup Zone 2

27 January 2015

Dakar, Senegal, January 27, 2015- Hosts Senegal and emerging Gambia men and women teams proceeded to the second phase of the CAVB Continental Cup after both countries were ranked at the top 2 positions in Zone 2 Pool 2 of the competition held a in Dakar, Senegal this weekend.


Zone II sub-zonal pool 2 continental qualifications for beach volleyball came to a historic end after Gambian teams booked qualification to the proper zonal qualification for Rio Olympics in 2016.  Gambia topped the Women ranking after beating Senegal in the tournament. Gambia gained 12 points from 4 games leaving the host with 0 points. Mauritania and Cape Verde did not present Women teams consequently as Gambia became the new leaders in Zone II pool 2 female standings.


Saffie Sawaneh, Abie Kujabi, Sainabou Tambedou and Fatoumatta Ceesay adore the national colors in front of hundreds of spectators. This is the first time for Gambia to win Senegal in such competition and in head to head victories. Gambia men teams were defeated by the host in the round robin securing 9 points with the Gambia 3 points. Gambia bounces back in day two of the competition by overcoming Cape Verde 3-1 in four games thus ending their campaign with 12 points from 8 games. Malick Jammeh, Babucarr Jarra, Alieu Barry and Pa Ali Njie gave Gambia the historic victories.  Senegal gained qualification after beating Cape Verde Islands to top the standings with 15 points whiles Cape Verde earned 6 points.


"I am proud of my ladies," said Gambian coach Alagie Babou Joof. "We managed to control the game with good balance of threat and control. Our strategic to control the Senegalese player worked very well. Our target is to see Gambia in Rio for the Olympic Games and today I am the proudest Gambian," Joof concluded.


"I usually need some time at the start of the games to inspire and motivate my team mates," Malick Jammeh captain of Gambia said. "However my teammate helped me a lot to play on my best level and today we are thinking of the zonal level and we are not stopping there, raising the national colors of the Gambia is our target now."


The Senegalese coach Seck Mbye applauded the Gambia team and said he was surprised wth the performance Gambia showed. "To be honest Gambia was tip as the underdog but they proved everyone wrong so congratulations to the Gambia Mbye stated."


Gambia women team was decorated with gold medal and trophy and the Senegalese counterparts with silver medalist. The Senegalese men team wins the gold medals with a trophy and Gambia were runner up with silver and Cape Verde got the bronze


Men's Results

Senegal v Gambia

Gambia A v Senegal B 2-1 (21-17, 17-21, 15- 10)

Gambia B v Senegal A 0-2 (11-21, 17-21)

Senegal A v Gambia A 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-13)

Senegal B v Gambia B 2-1 (16-21, 21-17, 15-11)


Gambia v Cape Verde

Gambia A v Cape Verde B 2-1 (21-19, 21-23, 15-10)

Gambia B v Cape Verde A 1-2 (21-17, 17-21, 5-15)

Gambia A v Cape Verde A 2-0 (21-16, 21-12)

Gambia B v Cape Verde B 2-1(21-23, 21-17, 15-9)


Senegal v Cape Verde

Senegal A v Cape Verde B 2-1 (16-21, 21-13, 15-13)

Cape Verde A v Senegal B 2-0 (21-16, 21-17)

Senegal A v Cape Verde A 2-0 (21-18, 21-12)

Senegal B v Cape Verde B 0-2 (19-21, 21-23)


Women Results

Gambia v Senegal

Gambia B v Senegal A 2-0 (21-17, 25-23)

Gambia A v Senegal B 2-0 (21-7, 21-6)

Gambia A v Senegal A 2-1 (21-18, 11-21, 15-9)

Gambia B v Senegal B 2-0 (22-20, 21-10)


Men Ranking

1. Senegal   2. Gambia   3. Cape Verde


Women Ranking  

1. Gambia   2. Senegal


By Muhammed L Saidykhan, Press Officer- GVBA



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