The Scribe of the Sierra Leone Volleyball Association [SLVA], Ahmed Khanou has stated that in categorical terms that his association has the capacity to qualify Sierra Leone to the 2014 Federation Internationale De Volleyball [FIVB] for both the men and women volleyball championships.
”We are capable of taking Sierra Leone to the World Championship,” Khanou stated, explaining that both teams are presently undergoing “intense training” at the National Stadium as preparation for their participation in the world championship qualification rounds. The play rounds for the men qualification to take place in Cape Verde is scheduled to take off on 3rd July, 2013, while Senegal will host the women qualification rounds from 15th to 21st July in Dakar.
The qualifying tournament will feature both female and male teams of five countries in Zone Two that include Guinea, Senegal, the Gambia, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde.
Three of the five participating countries will proceed to the next stage in a continental fight as the winner would represent Africa at the top most volleyball event.
“It is a tough competition, but we believe they can do it,” affirmed the Head Coach, Mohamed Vangahun. He added that it is not impossible if they get the right logistical, financial and moral supports. “We have two competitive sides that are wholeheartedly committed to win the game at that high level,” Vangahun emphasized.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Khanou recalled that the association had qualified the country to five world tournaments in Beach Volleyball in Cyprus, Canada, Croatia, Poland and Portugal respectively. He abhorred the fact that there is no indoor facility in the country, “but we can manage with what we have in order to realize our national dream. All we need is money to send our teams,” he said.
Source | Awoko