Ghana Beach volleyball team miss out on Rio 2016

Ghana Beach Volley team SeiduGhana’s national beach volleyball male team missed out on qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after failing to qualify for the semi finals of the CAVB Men’s Continental Cup in held in Kelibia, Tunisia.

The national team placed third in Pool B after losing their last pool game against Angola, a game they needed to win to book their place in the last four of the competition.

The team had shown early promise in the competition, beating Cote d'Ivoire 2-0 and losing against host nation Morocco before coming back with two wins against Burundi 2-0 and Mozambique 2-1. 

The winners of the Continental Cup automatically book a ticket to Rio Olympic Games, while the 2nd and 3rd placed teams qualify for the World Cup where they will have another chance to qualify to the Olympics with the other confederations.

Pool Standings

RANK

POOL A

POOL B

1

Tunisia

Morocco

2

Sierra Leone

Angola

3

Rwanda

Ghana

4

Gambia

Mozambique

5

Egypt

Burundi

6

 

Cote D'ivoire

 

Finals Schedule

No

 

Team

 

Team

COURT

 

66

Semi 1

Tunisie

Vs

Angola

1

9:30

67

Semi 1

Tunisie

Vs

Angola

1

Followed By

68

Semi 2

Sierra Leone

Vs

Morocco

2

9:30

69

Semi 2

Sierra Leone

Vs

morocco

2

Followed By

70

7th & 8th

Gambia

Vs

Mozambique

3

9:30

71

7th & 8th

Gambia

Vs

Mozambique

3

Followed By

72

5th & 6th

Rwanda

Vs

Ghana

1

Followed By

73

5th & 6th

Rwanda

Vs

Ghana

2

Followed By

74

3rd & 4th

Looser S1

Vs

Looser S2

tbd

Followed By

75

3rd & 4th

Looser S1

Vs

Looser S2

tbd

Followed By

76

Final

Winner S1

Vs

Winner S2

1

14:00

77

Final

Winner S1

Vs

Winner S2

1

Followed By

 

Background

Kelibia in Tunisia hosted the tournament from May 3 and concluded on Monday, May 9. Twelve teams participated in the competition overall.  In Tunisia, Seiju Ajanako and Scott Sarpong were joined by Ghana's other pair of Isaac Barnes and Philip Amissah. 

They needed to overcome teams from Tunisia, Angola, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Burundi, Gambia, Kenya, Egypt, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Rwanda.

The 38-year-old Seiju Ajanako had some experience of major tournaments; he coached Amissah and Nicholas Tetteh at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and then in 2015 he and Scott Sarpong firmly made their mark at the Netherlands 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. 

 

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