Gambia, November 5, 2015 – The Gambian men and women’s beach volleyball teams are up again for the second round of the Continental Cup – a qualification tournament for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – scheduled from November 11 to 16 in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan.
Gambia is paired in Group B along with Ghana, Senegal, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon and hosts Cote d’Ivoire in the men’s tournament, while they face Senegal Burkina Faso, Ghana, Congo Brazzaville and Congo RDC in the women’s tournament.
Dibba spoke to the national federation executives and expressed his satisfaction on the progress made in the sport as well as the recent exploits in Zone II. He reiterated the support of his board to the team and urged them to make the country proud.
“I want to see Gambia in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” Dibba said. “I am ready to support in all aspects.”
Men’s beach volleyball coach Ebrima Nyass assured that they are giving their best effort to have a successful campaign in the Continental Cup.
“We are morally and spiritually prepared to meet any task down in Ivory Coast,” coach Nyass said. “We are at the highest standard. Our recent participation in the 11th All Africa Games gave us more confidence and experience in beach volleyball.
“I am comfortable in the grouping and my men already played against great volleyball nations like Angola, Nigeria and Mozambique. I am hopeful of my team making great upsets in the competition.”
“We are ready to make Gambia proud again,” senior player Malick Jammeh said. “We are expecting a positive result in the Ivory Coast. I am sure we will make it through to the final stage.”
The Gambian delegation leaves Banjul on November 9 and will return on November 17.