The Sierra Leone Volleyball Association (SLVA) on Friday March 20th unveiled its male and female beach squad for the Zone II Rio 2016 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball qualifiers in Conakry, Guinea.
The ceremony was done in conjunction with the association’s commissioning of their secretariat at the Siaka Steven Stadium in Freetown. According to the SLVA scribe, Ahmed Khanou the selected players will represent the country in the three days competition in Conakry to seek qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The male team which includes, national captain, Abu Bakar Kamara, Africa top ranked player, Patrick Lombi, Bangali Tarawallie, Ishmael Bangura and John Kamara. The female squad includes; Nancy Collier, Zaniab Kamara, Josephine Sesay, Kadiatu Turay and Francess Lansana.
“For me it is always a pleasure to be called-up to represent your country and like always achieving success as a team is my priority,” Kamara said in a determined mood.
The male team’s captain, Abu Bakar Kamara is confident that they will not only qualify to the next round of the tournament but believe they have the squad to secure a place in the 2016 Rio Games.
He said: “Our priority is to qualify for the Olympic Games and in doing so we must do our best to get pass this stage of which I am confident we can.”
The team is expected to depart Freetown for Conakry later this week where they will face host, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mali. This will be Sierra Leone's second test in Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers with the first been in 2011.