Gold for Kenya in Burundi tournament
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.”