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12 November 2012
Cairo, Egypt, November 7, 2012- African Volleyball Confederation “CAVB” NFs category 1 and 2 have a lot of activities during the month of October which coincided with the African Volleyball development plan at this level aiming at encouraging volleyball activities at all the continental NFs.
In the west of Africa and in one of the most active continental zones, Cote d’Ivoire organized zone 3 Nations Championship in the capital Abidjan with the participation of 5 national teams at each category October 14 to 20. The competition is considered one of the most regular zonal competitions due to the support of sponsors of this geographical region.
Burkina Faso won the men’s championship following their win against host Cote d’Ivoire 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 30-28, 25-18) in the final match attended by a lot of spectators. The bronze medal went to Niger who overcame Benin 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 27-25).
Cote d’Ivoire revenged at the women’s category and hammered Burkina Faso in straight sets (25-12, 25-19, 25-20) in the final match to clinch the gold, while Togo took the last position in the podium after beating Niger 3-1 (16-25, 25-12, 25-14, 25-17) in the bronze medal match.
The 7 day competition featured 24 matches which was a good preparation for these national teams ahead of the next year’s Senior African Nations Championships and the 2014 World Championship qualifications.
The beach volleyball activity invades a new country in Africa when Zanzibar hosted a two day National Beach Volleyball championship with Omar Ali and Mohamed Ismail from Mafunzo clinching the trophy for the men’s category while the successful Beach volleyball duo of Zuhura and Mwana being crowned as Beach volleyball queens.
The tournament was sponsored by Kendwa Beach Resort Hotel in Zanzibar and attracted more than forty players who for two days fought vigorously to win the national title in the Beach Volleyball.
The tournament was attended by the Minister of Education Abdullah Shamuhuna who called upon Tanzania Volleyball Association "TAVA" and Zanzibar Volleyball Association "ZAVA" to work together for the development of volleyball in Tanzania.
At the developmental level in the southern part of the continent Mozambique volleyball Federation organized a cool Beach Volleyball championship in the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Maputo city, the capital of Mozambique.
The competition featured 4 stops at different locations as it showed also the participation of primary school students from Matola and Maputo in a Park volley festival.
The festival was sponsored by Standard Bank that was the sponsor of Mozambique women team in the CAVB Continental Cup early this year where the team finished third at the prestigious FIVB competition winning the bronze medal.
In the eastern part of the continent Tanzania Volleyball Association “TAVA” organized Volleyball course in Mwanza region specially tailored for Secondary school sports teachers.
The course showed the participation of more than 23 sports teachers. It was under the sponsorship of the International Volleyball Federation “FIVB” and dubbed as National Coaches program for Secondary School sports teachers aims at involving 600 teachers nationwide.
TAVA has already done the same courses in Manyara Arusha , Tanga, Zanzibar, Dodoma and recently in Morogoro regions.
According to the President of Tanzania Volleyball Association TAVA Israel Agapa, the program was endorsed through FIVB Development plan that intends to reach over 600 secondary school teachers.
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