East African beach volleyball players converge on Zanzibar for championship tournament
The tournament, sponsored by Kendwa Beach Resort Hotel in Zanzibar, attracted more than forty players, including experienced players from mainland Tanzania who came to show their prowess in the sport. For two days, they fought vigorously over the national beach volleyball title.
Zuhura and Mwana, who participated in last year’s Olympic qualifications in Mombasa, Kenya, easily turned the table in their favour to clinch the ladies’ championship. Their male compatriots, Athuman Kadoo and Nasor Aman, failed to show their supremacy – and their form from last year in Mombasa – as they struggled to crack Zanzibar’s Omar and Mohamed.
The tournament was officially opened on Saturday by the Minister of Education Abdullah Shamuhuna, who called upon the Tanzania Volleyball Association (TAVA) and Zanzibar Volleyball Association (ZAVA) to work together for the development of volleyball in Tanzania.
The Minister asked TAVA to influence and invite as many teams from nearby East Africa as possible, to make the tournament more colourful and to promote Zanzibar.
During the colourful closing ceremony, the National Sports Council Secretary General of Zanzibar, Mr. Tawakal, called upon other sponsors to emulate Kendwa Beach Resort in sponsoring volleyball events.
TAVA was represented at the championship by vice-president Muharam Mchume.