Rwanda team qualified for the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
When it comes to popular beach volleyball nations, most of us think of Brazil, USA and (rather recently) Germany. Only some of us might be aware that there is some professional beach volleyball playing in Africa as well. Most recently, a team from Rwanda qualified for the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna (Austria) from July 28 through August 6.
Two weeks ago, Denyse Mutatsimpundu and Charlotte Nzayisenga made history after winning gold at the 2017 CAVB Beach Volleyball Cup staged in Maputo, Mozambique. Mutatsimpundu started playing beach volleyball in 2012, partnering with Nzayisenga for the CAVB Continental Cup. In 2013, they won the U-20 African Beach Volleyball Championships in Togo qualifying for the 2012 World Championships in Canada. However, Canada denied entry visas to Rwanda and four other African countries, leaving only South Africa as the only team to represent the continent.
Just a few weeks ago, Mutatsimpundu and Nzayisenga won the CAVB Beach Volleyball African Nations Cup after defeating Morocco 2-1 in the final that gave them a historic ticket to compete at the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.