Final Burundi Men and Rwanda women clinched their first ever gold medals

1 July 2012

 Lome, Togo, July 1, 2012- Burundi men and Rwanda women captured the gold medals of the CAVB Junior Beach Volleyball Cup following their victory over south African teams in the final matches held at Lome Beach in Togo capital on Sunday.


 This was the first ever gold medals for the winners in the history of volleyball of both the eastern African countries


 Togo men and Nigeria women clinched the bronze medals with wins against Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry respectively in the third place matches.


 Early on Saturday the qualifiers to the FIVB Swatch Junior World Championship were revealed as Burundi, South Africa, host Togo, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana junior men teams book their tickets to Canada, while Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria, Guinea Conakry, Ghana and Sierra Leone women made their way to the prestigious FIVB event after they finished also as top six teams.


 It is known that Africa has six vacancies in both men and women World Championship to be held in Halifax, Canada August 29 to September 2.


Men competition


Final: Burundi beat South Africa 2-0

 Dark horses Burundi took the revenge against South Africa who defeated them in the pool match by winning the final 2-0 (21-16, 21-11) in a less competitive match than expected. Burundi’s pairing of Briand Mugabowingabo/ Bruce Dukundane learned the lesson after losing the first match as they came back quickly after being back 3-5. Mugabowingabo used his efficient service to disturb the South African double Dean Layters/ Steven Van Nelson to draw for the first time 7-7. The draw continued till 9-9 when Dukundane blocked a successful ball that increased hid team motivation and the point deficit increased gradually till Burundi won the set 21-16.

 The second set featured more concentration for Burundi player while the South African team started to commit a lot of reception and attacking mistakes allowing his team to have a wide lead 13-5. Again Mugabowingabo hammered the opponents with his unstoppable hits to advance 18-8 before they won the set widely 25-11 and the match in straight sets.  


Bronze Medal Match: Togo Beat Sierra Leone 2-0

 Host Togo aided by their home crowd in Lome Beach overpowered Sierra Leone 2-0 (21-19, 25-23) in a fantastic match full of thrills and action. Togo double Antonine Agbegninou/ Florent Apezoumon started highly motivated to get a place in the podium so they led early 10-8 before Sierra Leone’s pair Patrick Lombi/ Momodu Samura regained their attacking strategy. Agbegninou scored several crucial points to stay in competition till they won the set 21-19.

 The second set was more exciting specially after Agbegninou and Apezoumon started to spike and arrange the block. They led most of the set but Togo came back on time and saved three set points before they won the set 25-21.


5th position match: Ghana beat Cote d’Ivoire 2-0

 Ghana took over Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 (21-10, 21-15) to secure the fifth position leaving their opponent at the sixth position but both teams booked their tickets to the World Champs. With the better service of Aaron Djarnie/ Setor Zigah, Ghana succeeded to overwhelm the net action specially in the first set. But when the Ivorian double Aquilas Kobon/ Andre Adjoua came back they caused a lot of trouble to the Ghanaian pair in the second set.  


7th position match: Guinea Conakry beat Gabon 2-0

 Guinea Conakry cruised past Gabon in the seventh position match 2-0 (21-14, 21-16). Guinea finished seventh, while Gabon ended last.


Women competition


Final: Rwanda beat South Africa 2-0

 Rwanda surprised the audience with a highly organized performance in the final against the more favourite South Africa to clinch a valuable victory 2-0 (21-15, 23-21) to gain the first ever gold medal in the history of volleyball in their country. South Africa’s pairing of Liezle Petersen/ Brittiny Deelcarme started more trustable to lead 4-2 at the beginning, but quickly Rwanda rebounded with the proper reception and backline defense of both of the pair Denyse Mutatsimpundu/ Charlotte Nzayisenga. With the more motivation of the Rwandan double they were more concentrating in every ball as they used the reception mistakes of their opponent to win the set 21-15.

 South Africa started the second set as the better side as they regained their attacking power through the spikes of Deelcarme and the better reception of Petersen. Rwanda again showed a lot of fight for each ball in defense to save three set points before winning the set 23-21 and the match in straight sets.


Bronze medal Match: Nigeria beat Guinea Conakry 2-0

 Nigeria’s pair Isabela Eyetsonetan/ Jummai Bitrus found it easy to cruise past Guinea’s Amie Kante/ Aissatou Kamano 2-0 (21-12, 21-10) through their good spikes by the net. They also used their service to penetrate regularly their opponent specially in the first set. Nigeria won the bronze medal while Guinea finished fourth.


5th position match: Ghana beat Sierra Leone 2-1

 Ghana captured the fifth position after a thrilling encounter 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 15-9) but both teams secured their tickets to the World Champs. Although Sierra Leone’s Hawa Kargbo/ Josephine Sasay won the first set 21-18 and looked nearer to win, Ghana’s Ellen Blebo and Betrice Ampadu were more aggressive in the second set and then in the tiebreak to win the fifth position.  


7th position match

Cote d’Ivoire’s pair Mankan Sidibe/  Cany Koffi trounced Gabon’s Dorothee Abessolo/ Marva Badole 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) to pull off the seventh position.  


Finals Results


Final: Burundi v South Africa 2-0 (21-16, 21-11)

Bronze medal: Togo v Sierra Leone 2-0 (21-19, 25-23)

5th place: Ghana v Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 (21-10, 21-15)

7th place: Guinea Conakry v Gabon 2-0 (21-14, 21-16)



Final: Rwanda v South Africa 2-0 (21-15, 23-21)

Bronze medal: Nigeria v Guinea Conakry 2-0 (21-12, 21-10)

5th place: Ghana v Sierra Leone 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 15-9)

7th place: Cote d’Ivoire v Gabon 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) 


Semifinal results


Burundi v Togo 2-0 (21-12, 21-14)

South Africa v Sierra Leone 2-1 (22-24, 21-14, 15-12)



South Africa v Guinea Conakry 2-0 (21-9, 21-10)

Rwanda v Nigeria 2-1 (21-18, 20-22, 15-13)


Final ranking


  1. Burundi
  2. South Africa
  3. Togo
  4. Sierra Leone
  5. Ghana
  6. Cote d’Ivoire
  7. Guinea Conakry
  8. Gabon


  1. Rwanda
  2. South Africa
  3. Nigeria
  4. Guinea Conakry
  5. Ghana
  6. Sierra Leone
  7. Cote d’Ivoire
  8. Gabon
  9. Zimbabwe




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