By Sulayman Bah Gambia has been handed a herculean task after landing in Pool A of the All Africa Games (AAG) volleyball competition. In what will be the country’s debut in volleyball in the continental Games, Gambia got seeded in group A comprising quintet-time winnersEgypt and Nigeria. Completing the pool is Bostwana, Mozambique and hosts Congo-Brazerville. Making a first-time appearance in the eleventh edition of the Games in volleyball, Gambia are considered pool A’s underdogs. Team gaffer EbrimaNyassi is however buoyed of pulling off shockers. ‘We are going to play against diverse nations with different styles of modern volleyball. So, we have to prepare expansively,’ Nyassi said after the draw. On getting pitted against 4-time cup holders –Egypt – he states, ‘we respect Egypt for the fact that they are one of the most decorated teams in the Games history but we can make (an) upset.’ Gambian captain Sanu Secka was more bullish on his team’s chances. ‘We work hard to book our qualification. Now we are in Congo and the target is the gold medal’ he says brimming with confidence. Gambia secured a spot in the Congo finals after clutching silver in the Zone II qualifiers from a pool making up Senegal, Mali, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. The Games runs from September 4 to 19, 2015. ]]>
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