Men’s African Volleyball Championship gets underway in Rwanda


The Men’s African Volleyball Championship kicked off at the Kigali Arena in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Tuesday just days after the East African country successfully hosted the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket tournament.

Hosts Rwanda won their opening match of the 2021 Men’s African Volleyball Championship against Burundi. /Getty Images

The tournament began with an opening ceremony followed by five games, the first of which was won by Uganda who defeated Burkina Faso by three sets to one.

The second match saw two-time champions Cameroon defeat Democratic Republic of Congo by a similar score after which Ethiopia won game three of the Championship by beating South Sudan three sets to two. Mali also saw off Niger by three sets to two in a thrilling fourth game. Hosts Rwanda won the final game of the day in straight sets against Burundi with President Paul Kagame in attendance.

Six games rescheduled to be played on Wednesday including record 10-time winners Tunisia beginning the defense of the title they won in 2019 against Ethiopia. Another of the tournament favorites, Egypt, will also be in action against Kenya in the tau’s final game.

16 national teams are participating in the continental tournament which is being staged in East Africa for the first time. Guinea was one of the participating nations but withdrew following the military takeover in the country.

This is the third international volleyball competition that Rwanda is hosting in the last two years after the Beach Volleyball World Tour Star One in 2019 and the Beach Volleyball World Tour Star Two last month.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)

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