Dakar, Senegal, January 27, 2015 - Hosts Senegal and Gambia's up-and-coming men's and women's teams progress to the second phase of the CAVB Continental Cup after the two countries took the top two places at a Zone 2 Pool 2 competition held in Dakar, Senegal this weekend.
The Zone 2 sub-zonal pool 2 continental qualifications for the beach volleyball tournament at the Rio Olympics in 2016 came to an end as the Gambian teams booked tickets to the zonal qualification competition. Gambia topped the women's ranking after beating Senegal, gaining 12 points from 4 games and leaving the hosts with 0 points. Mauritania and Cape Verde did not present women's teams, handing Gambia the lead in the women's standings.
Gambia's men, on the other hand, were defeated by the hosts in the round robin, before bouncing back on day two of the competition to overcome Cape Verde 3-1 in four games, thus ending their campaign with 12 points from 8 games. Malick Jammeh, Babucarr Jarra, Alieu Barry and Pa Ali Njie gave Gambia the historic victories. Senegal, meanwhile, gained qualification after beating the Cape Verde islands to top the standings with 15 points, whiles Cape Verde earned only 6.
"I am proud of my ladies," said Gambian coach Alagie Babou Joof. "We managed to control the game with a good balance of threat and control. Our strategy to control the Senegalese players worked very well. Our target is to see Gambia in Rio for the Olympic Games and today I am the proudest Gambian," Joof concluded.
"I usually need some time at the start of the games to inspire and motivate my teammates," said Malick Jammeh, captain of Gambia. "However, my teammate helped me a lot to play at my best level and today we are thinking of the zonal level and we are not stopping there, raising the national colors of the Gambia is our target now."
Senegalese coach Seck Mbye applauded the Gambia team and said he was impressed with Gambia's performances in the competition. "To be honest, Gambia was tipped as the underdog, but they proved everyone wrong. So congratulations to the Gambia," he said.
The Gambian women's team received the gold medals and trophy, while their Senegalese counterparts won silver. The Senegalese men's team won the gold medals, and Gambia were the runners-up.
Senegal v Gambia
Gambia A v Senegal B 2-1 (21-17, 17-21, 15- 10)
Senegal A v Gambia B 2-0 (21-11, 21-17)
Senegal A v Gambia A 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-13)
Senegal B v Gambia B 2-1 (16-21, 21-17, 15-11)
Gambia v Cape Verde
Gambia A v Cape Verde B 2-1 (21-19, 21-23, 15-10)
Cape Verde A v Gambia B 2-1 (17-21, 21-17, 15-5)
Gambia A v Cape Verde A 2-0 (21-16, 21-12)
Gambia B v Cape Verde B 2-1(21-23, 21-17, 15-9)
Senegal v Cape Verde
Senegal A v Cape Verde B 2-1 (16-21, 21-13, 15-13)
Cape Verde A v Senegal B 2-0 (21-16, 21-17)
Senegal A v Cape Verde A 2-0 (21-18, 21-12)
Cape Verde B v Senegal B 2-0 (21-19, 23-21)
Gambia v Senegal
Gambia B v Senegal A 2-0 (21-17, 25-23)
Gambia A v Senegal B 2-0 (21-7, 21-6)
Gambia A v Senegal A 2-1 (21-18, 11-21, 15-9)
Gambia B v Senegal B 2-0 (22-20, 21-10)
1. Senegal 2. Gambia 3. Cape Verde
1. Gambia 2. Senegal