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Rotich, Makokha make it to Brazzaville despite losing last match to Egypt

Kenya pair falls in last match of Zone 5 women’s beach volleyball qualifier for the All Africa Games in Congo in September

THE Kenya women’s beach volleyball team pair of Edna Rotich and Gaudencia Makokha will represent the country at the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville in September.

On Saturday, the Kenyan girls lost their last Zone 5 games’ qualifying match against Egypt in Mombasa, but earlier they had done enough by winning all their matches. Rwanda, through better sets aggregate topped the round-robin competition which also included Egypt as all the top three teams, plus Uganda, gained slots to the Pan African games.


Earlier in the competition taking place at the Jamboree Beach Resort, Kenya had beaten Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Egypt’s Nosseir Mohammed and Elfayed Taufiq took the battle to the Kenya duo and clinched the deciding third set 15-11 after having split the opening two.


The Egyptians kept their cool from the onset cashing in on Kenya’s poor reception and service to stifle the hosts playing in front of guests including Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Mvita MP Abdulsalam Sherrif.

Egypt won the opening set 23-21 but a determined Kenya came back strongly to win the second set 17-21 setting the stage for a nervous third.

Makokha said after the loss: “It was a bad day in the office today,” but added she was happy they qualified for the All Africa Games.

2015 All Africa Games qualifiers:

Zone 5 women’s beach volleyball:

  1. Rwanda – (Charlotte Nxayisenga/Denyse Mutatsiponda)
  2. Egypt – (Nosseir Mohammed/Elfayed Taufiq)
  3. Kenya – (Edna Rotich/Gaudencia Makokha)
  4. Uganda – (Esther Tunwebaze/Faith Magole)
  5. Tanzania – (Evelyn Albert/Hellen Richard)


Egypt 2-1 Kenya 23-21, 17-21, 15-11

Rwanda 2-0 Egypt 21-17, 21-19

Kenya 2-1 Tanzania 21-17, 19-21, 15-06

Uganda 2-0 Tanzania 21-09, 21-15

Rwanda 2-0 Uganda 21-05, 21-09

Day 1:

Egypt 2-0 Tanzania 21-09, 21-14

Kenya 2-0 Uganda 21-09, 21-14

Rwanda 2-0 Tanzania 21-08, 21-04

Egypt 2-0 Uganda 21-10, 21-13

Kenya 2-0 Rwanda 21-17, 21-14

– Additional reporting by KVF