Banjul, The Gambia, March 23, 2022 - The national beach volleyball teams depart Thursday morning for Ghana ahead of the Commonwealth Games beach volleyball qualifiers set for this week.
Head coach Pa Baboucarr Barrow says both teams-men and women-are ready to fight as they seek to clinch the two respective Commonwealth Games slots reserved for Africa at the qualifiers due on March 25 to 29 in Ghanian capital, Accra.
We’re now set and the two teams know what is ahead of us in Ghana. We’re going there to get the two slots and participate in the Commonwealth Games for the first time,” Barrow said on Wednesday after completing the two-week camp in Cape Point Beach in Bakau.
The men and women teams each leave the country with the swelling weight of expectation on their shoulders after failing to qualify for the Olympic Games last summer.
Men’s captain Sainey Jawo urged his side to be guardedly hopeful since their opponents have also prepared well to clinch the single ticket for the Games billed for July 28th in Birmingham.
“All the teams have prepared well and we’re aware of the competition which will be there but we will fight to the end to ensure we are going to Birmingham,” said Al Sadd star.
Sainey Jawo – Al Sadd, Mbye Babou Jarra – Al Sadd
Abie Kujabi – GAF, Anna Marie Bojang – Gamtel\Gamtel
Pa Baboucarr Barrow – Head Coach, Kalilou Bayo – Head of Delegation, Ousman Njie – Referee Delegate