Uganda’s impressive journey at the 2021 Men’s African Nations Volleyball Championship had earlier ended after a loss to Egypt on Saturday. The debuting Volleyball Cranes lost 3-1 to eight-time champions Egypt at the Kigali Arena to bow out of the tournament.
Volleyball Cranes celebrating
Cranes have defeated hosts Rwanda 3-1 in the playoff of the African Nations
Volleyball Champions at Kigali Arena in Rwanda to command a respectable 5th
position. The Volleyball Cranes had a poor start in the game where they lost
the first set to Rwanda 25-21.
the Volleyball Cranes gained momentum in the middle of the game and won the
rest of the sets. Uganda won the second set 25-23, the third 25-20, and the
last set 25-13. This helped Uganda to command a respectable fifth position at
the ongoing continental showpiece.
two teams faced off in the group stage where they battled for the group’s top
position but Uganda fell to Rwanda. Uganda’s impressive journey at
the 2021 Men’s African Nations Volleyball Championship had earlier ended
after a loss to Egypt on Saturday. The debuting Volleyball Cranes lost 3-1 to
eight-time champions Egypt at the Kigali Arena to bow out of the
According to the tournament’s format, Uganda, therefore, had to resort to classification (playoff) games where they beat team
DR Congo 3-1 on Monday as the fight for 5-8th places began. The win allowed
Uganda to battle Rwanda.
was Uganda’s maiden appearance at the continental championship. Uganda had a
good start in the group winning her first two games against Burkina Faso and
Burundi respectively before falling to Rwanda in the last group game.
tournament attracted sixteen countries including Rwanda, Burundi, Burkina Faso,
Cameroun, DR Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Mali,
Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia
Kenya and Senegal among others. Although Uganda is making their maiden
appearance at the continental showpiece, a fifth position presents a good
future for the Volleyball Cranes.