Kenya joins eight women teams cleared to compete at volleyball in Africa Games

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-12 21:04:02|Editor: Wu Qin
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NAIROBI, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Eight countries have secured clearance to join Morocco in the finals of the Africa Games after excelling in the regional Zones qualifiers across the continent.

Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) has confirmed that Kenya, Senegal, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Botswana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Egypt will make the cut in the women's division while Egypt, Mozambique, Nigeria, Cameroon, Rwanda, Tunisia and Algeria will battle it out in the men's finals.

"Senegal and Cape Verde will represent Zone II, while Mozambique men and Botswana women volleyball teams captured their tickets to All Africa Games following their victories in Zone 6 qualifiers," said Tarek Al-Adwar, the CAVB Press officer on Friday.

However, Cameroon women's team booked their tickets following their victory over Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in zone 4 held in Yaounde.

Meanwhile in beach volleyball, the number of qualifiers for the men's and women's at the African Games has been doubled from the 2015 event owing to its popularity among fans.

CAVB President Amr Elwani has said qualification will feature seven zonal competitions and that the best 24 teams per gender will make it to this year's edition of the multi-sport event in Casablanca and Rabat in Morocco.

At the 2015 African Games in Congo's capital Brazzaville, beach volleyball had 12 teams per gender.

"The 24 beach volleyball teams will be divided into six preliminary pools of four teams and the top two from each pool will advance to the knock-out stage," Elwani said.

"The CAVB Board will determine the qualification procedure for the seven zones to determine the final 24 qualified teams," he added.

Only Kenya and Cameroon women teams and Egypt and Cameroon men's team will compete at the World Cup, which will be held in September in Japan.

The four teams will also be involved in the Intercontinental Olympic qualifying tournament in Italy for women and Poland for men.

The four-team round-robin women's tourney, will see the winners' secure direct Olympic qualification to join Japan, who have qualified as hosts.

The qualification for the Tokyo Olympic women's volleyball tournament features 12 berths - host Japan, the winners of each of six intercontinental qualifying tournaments, and five continental qualification tournament champions.

The five continental qualifying competitions will start in January 2020.