Senegal aims for medal at Women's African Nations Champs
Nairobi, Kenya, September 12, 2013 - Senegal Women's volleyball team arrived in Nairobi, on Wednesday to participate in the 2013 Women's African Nations Championship due to start in Kenya on Friday. The team hope to finish with a place on the podium for the first time in their history.
Senegal failed to medal in their last four appearances in the tournament, finishing eighth in 2003, fifth in 2007, fourth in 2009 and 2011.
"We are coming here this time to compete for a medal," said Francois Latouffe, team manager and Secretary General of the Senegalese Volleyball Federation.
"We had a training camp in Mimes, France for a week early this month as we played some friendly matches, which increased the team work between the local players and the foreign based stars in the French and Algerian leagues. We want also to use the momentum of our positive results in the 2014 FIVB World Championship in Dakar where we won the gold medal at the five nation tournament ahead of Cape Verde, Guinea Conakry, Gambia and Sierra Leone," he added.
Senegal's squad in the 2013 African Nations championship includes French based Marieme Diagne along with seven players from the Algerian league in Chlef and Bejaia clubs. The other four players come from the Senegalese local league.
The team started their preparations three months ago in local camps for the home club players before having a collective training session with the foreign based players two weeks ago. They will also participate in the second round of the 2014 FIVB World Championship Qualification in Cape Verde next November.