Egypt, Rwanda start off strong at African Zone Championships

Men’s world No. 3 Egypt and women’s world No. 5 Rwanda went out strong on Day 2 of the ParaVolley Africa Sitting Volleyball Zone Championships with straight-set wins against their rivals on Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.

Egypt had a strong challenge from Morocco in the first two sets, but the World Cup silver medallists still denied their rivals of an upset with at least a five-point advantage in each frame, and in the third set made sure there were no further upsurge on the Moroccan offence, holding them off to a single-digit score to win 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-9).

The Rwandan women had a strong performance in their first outing, limiting their rivals Nigeria to a single-digit score in their 3-0 (25-6, 25-4, 25-9) triumph. Hosts Nigeria have a 0-2 start in the competition.

The Rwandan men made a repeat of their 2023 World Cup winning performance against Algeria, this time beating the latter 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-11).

Five matches will highlight the third day of competition on Wednesday, featuring women’s Day 1 and Day 2 winners Kenya and Rwanda at 10:00 local time (GMT+1), followed by two men’s Group A matches between Morocco and Nigeria at 10:15, and Egypt and Kenya at 15:00.

The final two matches of the day will be a men’s Group B match between Algeria and Libya and a second clash between Nigeria and Kenya in the women’s tournament at 17:15.

Source: ParaVolley Africa