TANZANIA national volleyball teams in both boys and girls categories thrashed visitors Uganda in the opening day of the Under -21 Zone Five African Nations Championship Beach Volleyball qualifying competition.
The opening matches were played on Thursday evening at the Mbalamwezi Beach Hotel in Dar es Salaam. In the opening match, Tanzania girls’ team formed by Jonia Jovin and Kuruthumu Jumanne, who are students of Makongo Secondary of Dar es Salaam, was no mercy to Ugandan opponents of Victoria Namawejje and Naume Akareaut, beating them by 2-0 sets in the best of three battle.
The hosts went rampant from the start, registering 21-5 lead in the first set before taking 21-15 lead in second to seal the comfortable victory. In boys’ category, Fred Masinga and Baraka Mabeyo made Tanzania proud when they also beat Uganda team of Angiro Nespal and Okolotum Allan 2-0 (21-9, 21-15).
Tanzania national beach volleyball teams Coach, Shukuru Ally was pleased with the victories. “The teams’ intensive training before the tournament is paying off. It is important to win opening games. The youth are really good, they responded well to training regimes… they have what it takes to go further if they will continue with this spirit,” said Ally.
He said it is important for the country to continue investing in beach volleyball, appealing to all sports well-wishers in the country to support youth teams. “They are talented and determined… all they need is support to realize their potential for individual and country benefit,” he said.
Tanzania boys were in action yesterday evening against Kenya, who also had to face Uganda, while girls will face a return match against Uganda because only two teams have shown up after Kenya pulled out of the competition.