The Volleyball team from the Rwandan Patriotic Army has emerged the top winners in the men’s category of the Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial International Volleyball Tournament in Tanzania.
Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR) volleyball club of Kigali, became victorious after winning the final match played against Rukinzo Volleyball Club from Burundi with a score of 3-1.
As for the women category, the winner also came from Rwanda, this time it was the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) volleyball team which beat the APR Women Club with a set of 3-0.
The annual tournament, as usual was held in the Moshi Municipality of Kilimanjaro. This year the event attracted a total of 17 teams from Rwanda, Burundi and the host, Tanzania.
While Rwanda and Burundi participated in this year’s Nyerere Cup Volleyball competition, for some reason, Kenya, which produced the winning teams during the previous Nyerere Cup 2022, failed to turn up for the 2023 event this year.
Last year the two winning teams were all from Kenya, the General Service Unit (GSU) Volleyball team was victorious in the male category while DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) volleyball team of Nairobi won the women’s volleyball.
The Open Nyerere Cup volleyball competition for East African countries was held at the Hindu Mandal grounds in the Moshi Municipality, at the foot of Kilimanjaro.
“The open Nyerere Cup tournaments are held every year to commemorate the death of the Tanzanian Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage, who died on October 14, 1999,” said Riziki Godwin the Secretary of competition committee which organizes the volleyball events.
The Males Volleyball teams include the Police Volleyball Club and the APR Volleyball Club from Rwanda; as well as the Rukinzo VC from Burundi. From Tanzania, there was Jeshi Stars, Mipango team, Magereza VC, Kili Magnet, Pentagon and Kilimanjaro Airports (KADCO).
The women volleyball teams that were participating in the Nyerere Cup 2023 include the Orkeswa, Jeshi Stars, Tanzania Prison, as well as APR and RRA volleyball teams from Rwanda.
Last year also the number of participating teams was 24, which means there are seven clubs which are missing out from the event in Moshi this year.