The head coach of The Gambia National Beach Volleyball team, Pa Barrow is targeting a top three finish as The Gambia is set to participate for the first time at the African Cup of Nations Beach Volleyball championship in Abuja, Nigeria from the 21st– 28th of April.
“The target is to finish in top three and it is achievable,” he tells The Chronicle. The team have been training so hard for this championship and I have confidence in my team.”
More than eight countries, including Rwanda are expected to participate in the championship.
The Gambia is presenting both male and female teams to the championship and Pa Barrow believes both sides can triumph in Nigeria. “The ladies have had enough time to train together and I am confident they will put up an inspiring show to emerge among the top three despite all of them making their debut appearance in the African Championships.”
Meanwhile, the two Gambian teams will also be travelling to Cape Verde in June for the Sal Beach Games. For the coach, the championship in Nigeria will serve as a good test for their preparations for the games in Cape Verde.
Meanwhile, the President of Nigeria’s Volleyball Federation, Musa Nimrod said his country is ready with its preparations to host the tournament. “Last year, Nigeria hosted the U-21 Africa Men’s Championship and we got good reference from the Confederation of African Volleyball Federation for our organization and attitude towards the growth of developmental programs. This time around too, we will not let the African body down,” he says.