Zone II champions arrived in Dakar for the Olympics 2024 qualifiers.

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The Gambian national Beach Volleyball men and female teams have arrived in the Senegalese capital Dakar to take part in the qualifiers of Zone II Beach Volleyball.  

The Gambia men’s team have dominated the zone in the last years beating Sierra Leone in the 2022 finals as well as winning two gold medals and One silver Medal in other years. In 2019 the Gambia won African Games Beach Volleyball.

The Gambia reached the final round of the Olympic qualifiers and lost in the semifinals of the continental cup to Morocco in the golden match. 

Training Camp  

Cape Verde had their training camp in Portugal, Senegal went camping one month ago, same goes for Sierra Leone. The Gambia men’s beach volleyball who missed the World Tour in Mexico spent one month in Qatar for a training camp fully funded by the Gambia Beach Volley Federation & the Qatar Beach Volleyball Federation. 

Senegal might be a force to reckon with thanks to the FIVB revolutionary program of volleyball empowerment which includes a highly talented coach in Francois Winograd.

Paris 2024 

From Friday, July 26 until Sunday 11 August 2024, the world will gather once again for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Over 10,000 athletes will descend on the host city Paris and the Gambia beach volleyball is hoping to make it to their first Olympics.  

The top three men’s and women’s teams from the CAVB Zone 2 qualifiers set for 23 to 27 November will qualify for next year’s CAVB Continental Cup, whose winner will book a ticket to Paris. 

Young Squad  

“We are intensifying the training since we return from Thailand. It will not be easy to compare our level with Senegal, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone because before it was always between Gambia and Sierra Leone, but other countries have now gone on intensifying training to make sure that they are on a high level. For us, we are having some bit of challenges on our female side. We are rebuilding it. Most of the players got married, and some are on maternal leave. The ones that I am having are young, we are pushing with them, and some have been around the mix for just one year. Maybe the exposure they have in the U21 in Africa & U21 World championship might help. We hoping they capitalize more on their strength” Coach Pa Barrow told the Alkamba Times.  

Team captain Sainey Jawo disclosed to the media that It would be a difficult task.  

“All teams will keep an eye on us and prepare very well for us. This goes beyond Zone II. Africa at large will prepare for us. They have seen our progress in the game and how serious we have taken beach volleyball. We always prepare mentally and physically”.

“Our main objective is to go and qualify from Zone II because Zone II has never been our problem but it’s sports when you underrate another team’s it becomes difficult for you. Teams are growing and countries are taking the game seriously,” Jawo added.

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Baboucarr Fallaboweh Sports Editor (Buba Jallow Fallaboweh) is a Gambian football expert, football analyst & columnist. The Stockholm-based Journalist is a media officer, football Scout, PR, Influencer and Digital creator. I started my journalism career as a football analyst in 2012 with Vibes FM and went on to work with CityLimit, West Coast, Hot FM, Freedom Radio, Eye Africa and Afri Radio as a content producer and presenter. In 2013, I attended Football Daily on the BBC SPORTS where we discussed the different styles of Football played in Africa. I Went on to freelance for The Point Newspaper, Freedom Newspaper, Daily Observer and Standard Newspaper before being appointed as Sports Editor with the Alkamba Times in March 2022.  I have worked for Magazines like Glo Magazine and Foot54 covering Gambian football and African Football.   Between 2020 -2021 I worked as a scout for the Gambia Football Federation, scouting talents for the U17 &U20.  From 2017 to 2021, I served as Media officer for GFF First division teams Team Rhino and Marimoo and also as media Officer of Banjul FC, fourth Division tier in Sweden and Darboe’s FC (Female second division club in the Gambia). I served as a PR for Superstars Academy.   With Afrencon, I was a data analyst before I joined LightHouse as a head scout for the Gambia project. In organizational structures, I served as the ambassador of the John Bass Kidney Foundation and one of the founders of the foundation creating kidney awareness in the Gambia.   I also served two positions in the Gambian organization in Sweden, as Sports chairman and the secretary of the associations.   After 12 years of being a football journalist, I was named 3rd best sports column writer in Africa year 2021 by the reputable sports media organization AIPS. I finished in the top 35 in the world with my article titled Back way: Gambian footballers in deadly Voyage to Europe.   With over 500 articles and interviews, analysis, profiling, features and news, I was shortlisted for the Gambia Press Union National Journalist Award 2022. I submitted the article which was co-written alongside Momodou Bah From Living Through Despair to Being An Agent Of Hope, The Inspiring Story Of John Bass.   I have served as an advisers to Football academies, clubs, and players and others. I have hosted dozens of shows and was invited as a guest on both radio, TV and the online press. I also covered the Gambia's maiden AFCON debut in 2021 in Cameroon.  

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