Kenyan teams swept the boards to win both the men's and women's gold medals in an invitational tournament held in Bujumbura, Burundi over the weekend. The women's team of Edna Rotich/Eunice Maiyo defeated Rwandan pair of Charliot/Dennise 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) in an exciting final encounter to be crowned champions.
The second Kenyan team comprising of Naomi Too/Agripina Kundu beat Ugandan duo of Muriwe/Nimbasa in straight sets of 21-19, 21-19 in play-off to bag bronze. To reach the final, Kenya "A" beat Kenya "B" 2-0 (21-14, 21-15) while Rwanda overcame Uganda 2-0 (21-10, 21-9) to advance.
In men's category, Kenya "B" team of Bernard Musumba/Alex Kariuki beat Rwanda "A" 2-0 (21-17, 21-6) in the final to return to Nairobi with the gold medal. Kenya "A" team of Sila Makiso/Elisha Aliwa exited the tournament in quarter-finals after they went down 1-2 (21-18, 17-21, 7-15) in a three-setter match. Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) beach commission member, Ben Juma congratulated the teams for their successful campaign in Bujumbura.
He said: "We intent to maintain these teams in beach activities since they have shown great potential in the sport."All volleyball fraternity should recognize their efforts and urge them to train hard for future competitions," Juma said.