by John Kwoba
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya has been
pooled alongside champions Nigeria in the beach volleyball at
the Africa Games, which starts on Aug. 19-30 in Rabat, Morocco.
Other teams in the group are Gambia and Benin.
The discipline has attracted 16 teams, and Kenya, which last
won a medal in the sport back in 2011 through Dorcas Ndasaba and
Margaret Indakala, will be keen to return to the medal table in
Head coach Patrick Owino has exuded the confidence of
bringing home a gold medal.
"Our preparations have been good at the beachfront and the
players have the experience; they deserve to dominate at the
"My target is to win gold but should we fall short of that
then we should settle for silver," said Owino on Friday in
The beach volleyball team, which has Naomi Too and Gaudencia
Makokha, departed for Rabat confident to improve on the bronze
medal they scoped at the inaugural Beach Games championships in
Cape Verde in May.
"The African Beach Games offered the players the competitive
edge and what it takes to win at the big stage.
"We have reviewed our performance and rectified the mistakes
we made and this time around, we are going to improve," said
The 16 teams, for men and women competition, have been
divided into four preliminary pools of four teams each.
The top two teams in each gender qualify to the
single-elimination round to decide the top eight teams, while
the third and fourth-ranked teams fight for the 9th to 16th
Pool A: Morocco- Gambia- Tunisia- Libya
Pool B: Mozambique- Mauritius- Nigeria- Egypt
Pool C: Angola- Rwanda- Algeria- Benin
Pool D: Sierra Leone- Ghana- South Africa- Sudan
Pool A: Morocco- Namibia- Sierra Leone- Sudan
Pool B: Nigeria- Kenya- Gambia- Benin
Pool C: Mauritius- Rwanda- Algeria- Zimbabwe
Pool D: Mozambique- Egypt- Niger- Senegal