Volleyball: Gambia U-21 male team Defeats Burundi in CAVB Opener

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Mario Dampha and Laity Nyabally

The pair of Mario Dampha and Laity Nyabally have begun the CAVB Under 21 championship in Morocco 2023 edition with a resounding 2-1 win over their counterparts from Burundi in the opening game of the Confederation of Africa Beach Volleyball (CAVB) championship currently underway in Casablanca, Morocco.

The Gambia team recovered from a disappointing start as they lost the opening set with a score of 16-21 before they secured a resounding 21-18 score in a well-contested second set to make the score line 1-1 on the scoreboard. They eventually won the third and deciding set 15-8, which gave them the victory in their opening game of the championship.

“This is a remarkable performance from the boys despite narrowly losing the first set 21-16 against a formidable Rwanda side. They show no sign of panic going into the final two sets.

“The team showed great team spirit and more desire to fight and defend the colors of our nation to come from set down to win the final two sets,” Pa Baboucarr Barrow, head coach of the Gambian team, told Alkamba Times.

According to him, the team prepared well ahead of this competition as they wanted to be in Casablanca just to participate but to compete and win.

“We are looking forward to a competitive tournament, and hopefully, we can achieve our target by reaching the final,” the Coach hopefully remarked.

He emphasized that players are well-motivated and ready to showcase their talents at this stage as volleyball players.

The U-21 CAVB beach volleyball championship is for both males and females and is currently underway in Casablanca, Morocco.

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