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25 May 2012
Gusenyi, Rwanda, May 24, 2012 – Mozambique, South Africa and Mauritius paved their way towards the Olympic dreams after they took over Algeria, hosts Rwanda and Congo RD respectively in the quarterfinal of the CAVB Women's Continental Cup final at Palm Beach in Gusenyi, Rwanda on Thursday to join the already qualified top seeded Kenya to the tournament's semifinal.
Now Kenya meets Mozambique in the first semifinal, while South Africa plays Mauritius in a repeat of the 2011 All Africa games final on Friday.
The eventual champions of the single elimination tournament secure a ticket to 2012 London Olympic Games.
The first day featured emotional cheering and presence by the Rwandans public to support to their teams at their first round of the competition.
Rwanda’s youngest national BVB team Charlotte Nzayisenga and Denise Utatsimpundu were the focal interest of sports fans in the city of Gusenyi. The young pair played against the experienced All Africa Games Silver Medallist South African on the opening match. South Africa's Palesa Sekhnyana /Randy Williams won 2-1 (21-12, 19-21, 15-13).
South Africa team 2 Amelia Luyt/ Natasha Strydom secured their second win over Rwanda’s Emilienne Uwineza / Judith Hakizmana in 2-0 (21-18, 21-13) before winning the third match 2-0 (21-10, 21-18). Rwanda have a late win in the fourth match in two straight sets and thus South Africa won three matches to one to advance to the semifinal.
Mozambique went to easy win over Algeria 4-0 in their quarterfinal match that showed complete dominance for Mozambique team specially team 2 Sátira Chongo and Guilhermina Cossa.
In the third match second ranked Mauritius cruised past RD Congo 3-1 after great fight from the dark horses of the zonal phase.
Despite the defeat of Rwanda against the experienced South African, the Rwanda’s youngest national BVB team Charlotte Nzayisenga and Denise Mutatsimpundu offered a remarkable performance.
The pair was acknowledged by their opponent Sekhonyana of South Africa. "It was very hard to begin the competition but once we get our sensation it was all right. We played in front a very good team with very young players. We will improve as we will play more matches.”
Nzayisenga / Mutatsimpundu are receiving a tremendous support and focus from their national Federation as they are prepared for their upcoming challenge as Rwanda‘s leading team for the CAVB youth Cup which is the qualifying event to the FIVB youth World Championships where the FIVB new format is providing 6 places per category for each of the five confederations.
“We have a very young team, the youngest is aged 18. I selected this young team to build up a team for the future. We have no intention for the moment to be champion of Africa now but we are preparing for the future," Said Rwanda's Coach Paul Bitok. "We Played South Africa, silver medalists at African Games and we are proud that our second team got one set."
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