The Sierra Leone national U-21 beach volleyball teams have been training ahead of the nation’s cup to be hosted in Algeria from 3-8 April 2019. Ten players will represent Sierra Leone in this year’s volleyball tournament, including Mohamed Kamara, Sonny Bangura, Ibrahim Johnson Mohamed Z. Kamara, in the male category and Maria G. Fofana, Bernadette Fofana, Iyekadae Kiara, Zainab Bilkisu Conteh, Isatu Bah and Hassanatu Jalloh in the female group. Two players each will be selected from the two sexes to represent the country.
Sierra Leone is considered as a pre-tournament favourite, having won the championship with the duo of Lombi and Kamara four years ago.
According to Coach Sorie Kamara, who also doubles as Beach Volleyball Director, the competition is new, based on their previous performance in four tournaments, adding that the training selection will be done in a credible manner.
“We are going into the tournament as strong contenders for the simple reason that nations in Africa know the quality of players we always produce and these teams will be no exception even though the players will be completely different in terms of physical/mental toughness, flexibility and experience. What I know is that any of the players selected will do the job and we are confident in doing well in the tournament. We hope to earn us not just the coveted trophy or silver or bronze medals but to also secure a place in the U21 World Cup.” He affirmed.
In his affirmation, he said the technical team has been very active in training the squads, adding that they need the support of government to motivate the players and administrators.
The Federation’s scribe, Ahmed Khanou, said the teams (male and female) were expected to play Guinea on Saturday 16th March 2019 but that game was called off due to traveling difficulties faced by the Guinean team.