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Gambia to Host Zonal Volleyball Qualifications for Rabat 2019

Young Gambian volleyball players

The African Volleyball Confederation has awarded The Gambia Volleyball Federation the rights to host the zonal qualifications for the Rabat 2019 All Africa Games for Zone 2.

The Gambia offered better bidding other contenders; Senegal and Cape Verde to host the prestigious tournament.

Seven countries including The Gambia are expected to participate in the five-day tournament slated for June 21st through June 28th.  The top ranked team will represent Zone 2 in the All African Games to be hosted in Rabat, Morocco.

Gambia Female Volleyball team

The press officer of The Gambia Volleyball Federation Muhammed Saidykhan said the opportunity would enhance the Gambia’s visibility and sell its volleyball to the outside world.

This is this first time The Gambia will host a CAVB sanctioned indoor event despite not having an indoor facility to CAVB standard. But because this event is sanctioned at zonal level, their bidding was accepted by the African Volleyball.

“You don’t need an indoor facility to be able to host a Zone 2 event,” said Bai Dodou Jallow, the President of The Gambia Volleyball Federation. “We were able to put up proposals and defend them well before the Confederation of African Volleyball that’s why we were awarded the rights.”

All the games will be played at the Independence Stadium Volleyball Court in Bakau. It will mark the Gambia’s second entry into the All African Games qualifications. In 2015 the country booked qualification in Cape Verde but missed the games in Congo Brazaville due to financial issues.

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