Africa-Press – Rwanda. Dominique Ntawugundi, head coach of the Rwanda U-21 men’s volleyball team, has attributed his side’s loss to Egypt on Monday to their late arrival in Tunisia.
The Pharaohs outplayed Rwanda in straight sets 25:16, 25:13, 25:13 in the city of Sousse, on the outskirts of the Mediterranean Sea.
Times Sports understands that the Rwandan team, who won bronze at the 2013 edition, arrived in Sousse just hours before their opening game, and were noticeably a no match for the well-rested Egyptian team.
In an interview with one local radio station, Ntawugundi highlighted that they stood little chance against Egypt because of jet lag.
“Looking back at this game we lost to Egypt, they really outplayed us,” the Rwandan head coach admitted. “We arrived in this country (Tunisia) just hours before the game, players were still jet-lagged.”
He further noted,”We have a lot to do in our (second) game against Libya on Tuesday, it is a must-win or else we will be out of the competition.”
The continental showpiece has attracted the best teams in Africa, divided into two groups of four.
Rwanda is in Group B alongside Cameroon, Egypt and Libya, whereas Group A comprises hosts Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria and Gambia.