Sierra Leone men and Rwanda women top podium of African qualifiers for Youth Olympic Games
Sierra Leone defeated hosts Ghana 2-1 (16-21, 21-16, 15-11) to pick up the gold in the men's final, while Burundi pulled off a 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) victory over Congo to close its tournament campaign in third place.
The Sierra Leone pair now heads the qualified men’s teams from Africa to the Youth Olympic Games. Ghana, Burundi, Congo, Nigeria, and Rwanda, likewise secured spots for the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games.
In the women’s side, Rwanda proved their consistency throughout the competition by beating Namibia 2-1 (17-21, 21-19, 19-17) in the final match. Sierra Leone took the bronze by beating Ghana 2-1 (11-21, 21-15, 15-10).
Rwanda, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, and Congo women’s teams have set the achievement to make it to the first ever beach volleyball competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, from August 17 to 28, 2014.