The New Times (Kigali)

8 February 2013

Rwanda: Bitok Dreams of World Championships

Junior volleyball national team coach Paul Bitok will take his young troops into this year 2013 Men's CAVB Junior African Championship with a target of finishing in top four and a place in the world championships.

Speaking to Times Sport recently, the former Kenyan international player said finishing in the top four will give Rwanda the chance to play in the world championships for the first time in June in Mexico.

Bitok has already named the provisional team for this year 2013 Men's African Championship which will be held in Tunisia from February 28-March 9, 2013.

"At this level, the most important thing is to reach the semi-finals then you got the ticket to play in the world championships, that's our target," he said.

He added, "We need to be among the best four teams in Africa at the junior level and we are capable of achieving it. If we qualify for semis it will be good for the team and Rwanda volleyball in general."

Under Brazilian Paul de Tarsio in 2010, junior team finished among the best four on the continent.

Two weeks ago, the national youth team clinched bronze medal at the continental championships held in Algeria. It was Rwanda's first ever medal in the history of indoor volleyball.

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