Banjul, Gambia, May 1, 2016 - The Gambia men's beach volleyball team have put the final touches to their preparations for the 2016 CAVB Men's Continental Cup Final to be held in Kelibia, Tunisia from May 3 to 9, 2016.
"When we won the silver medal in the second round of Continental Cup Group B in Ivory Coast last November, my players wrote down their plans for the final stages of the Continental Cup and we are optimistic of making it to the Olympic Games in Rio," said Gambia head coach Sergeant Lamin F. Bargie as he prepared for the finals of the CAVB Continental Cup.
When Gambia's men's team won silver at the sub-zonal event in Dakar in January 2015, and went on to make history in Abidjan in November, the country demonstrated its potential at a continental level. Today Gambia's men's team are ranked 10th on the continent with 1507.5 points. At the Tunisia finale, they are drawn in pool A alongside hosts Tunisia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Ivory Coast and Kenya.
Reacting to the draw, coach Bargie said his players are ready to face any team at the tournament. "We might be the minnows, but our strength, experience, determination and love of the game will inspire us to cause an upset. This is my first assignment as a beach volleyball coach, but the players are now well experienced. Sanu Secka played at the All African Games in 2011 and Malick Jammeh and Babucarr Jarra were also at the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville. So to sum it up, we are not new to the game anymore."
"I feel proud to represent Gambia at the Continental Cup Finals in Tunisia, but at the same time it is a challenge for us," Malick Jammeh admitted. "I am hopeful that we will make a good result out there. We need support and prayers from all Gambians. The Olympics is a life-time achievement for all athletes, therefore we want to be Olympians," Jammeh added.
The Gambia team includes the following players: Malick Jammeh (Old Jeshwang), Babucarr Jarra (Old Jeshwang), Sanu Secka (Gamtel/Gamcel), Alieu Barry (GAF). They are coached by Lamin F Bargie, Coach/Head of Delegation.
The 2016 CAVB Continental Cup Men's Finals will be played by 12 nations and the winners will qualify their country for the beach volleyball tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The national federations finishing second and third will qualify for the FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualifications tournament to be played in Sochi, Russia from July 6 to 10.