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Gold for Kenya in Burundi tournament

Edna Rotich and Eunice Maiyo after their win in Burundi
Bujumbura, Burundi, February 25, 2013 – Kenyan men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams swept the boards winning both gold medals at an invitational tournament held in Bujumbura, Burundi on February 23 and 24, 2013.

In an exciting final match, the Kenyan women’s team of Edna Rotich/Eunice Maiyo defeated the Rwandans Charliot/Dennise 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) to take the top spot. Kenya also bagged the bronze medal after the ‘B’ team of Naomi Too/Agripina Kundu beat Ugandan duo Muriwe/Nimbasa in straight sets (21-19, 21-19) in the play-off.

In the semi-finals, Kenya ‘A’ beat Kenya ‘B’ 2-0 (21-14, 21-15) while Rwanda overcame Uganda 2-0 (21-10, 21-9) to advance to the final stage of the tournament.

Bernard Musumba/Alex Kariuki of the Kenya ‘B’ team beat Rwanda ‘A’ in two straight sets (21-17, 21-6) in the men's final to take home gold for their country. The Kenya ‘A’ team of Sila Makiso/Elisha Aliwa exited the tournament in the quarter-finals after they went down 1-2 (21-18, 17-21, 7-15) in a three-setter match.

Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) beach commission member Ben Juma congratulated the teams for their successful campaign in Bujumbura. He also reaffirmed his support saying, “We intend to maintain these teams in beach activities since they have shown great potential in the sport.”

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