Armée Patriotique Rwandaise pick a double at the Genocide Memorial

4 June, 2017

Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR) Volleyball Club walked shoulders high on Sunday evening after winning both the men and women’s category in the 2017 Genocide Memorial Tournament on the weekend of 3rd and 4th of June 2017 at Amahoro Stadia, Kigali. This is a repeat of the 2010 version when the APR ladies picked their first silverware ever in this competition alongside their men’s fifth . Defending Champions Sport S of Uganda and UNIK of Rwanda were unable to retain the top spot. SPORT S settled for the bronze after losing to Rwanda Revenue Authority at the semifinal stage while UNIK men dropped off at the quarterfinals.

APR overcame Rwanda Energy Group (REG) in a tough men’s final (3-2) 22:25, 25:15, 25:21, 23:25, 15:11 to pick their seventh crown the last being 2011 while their ladies picked their second title after outwitting three time winner Rwanda Revenue Authority also in a tie-break (3-2) 23:25, 25:17, 24:26, 25:23, 15:13. Our boys were eliminated at group stage by the finalists APR & REG in straight sets (0-3) 22:25 16:25 24:26 and (0-3) 23:25 22:25 23:25 respectively while the girls too dropped off at group level after losing to the eventual champion APR and defending champion SPORT S (0-3) 11:25 16:25 21:25 and (0-3) 15:25 15:25 17:25.

The Vice President and head of delegation informed us on telephone that the teams put up a good show and that the exposure was worth the try particularly that both teams had an opportunity to play the ultimate winners. She however noted that more work will have to be done from the lessons learnt in preparation for both the NSSF KAVC INTERNATIONAL on August 19-20 and the National League where KAVC is fielding five teams. Uganda was represented by KAVC, NEMO, SPORT S & SKY in the men’s category while the women had KAVC, ESPOIR & Sport S running the show. Our professional star Daudi Okello was among the outstanding performers showing up for REG and was named Best Attacker. The event is in memory of numerous volleyball players who perished during the Rwanda Genocide.

The medal tally since 1998 is as follows:

Women:

  1. KAVC (UGA) – 4
  2. RRA (RWA) – 3
  3. KCCA (UGA) – 3
  4. APR (RWA)- 2
  5. KENYA (KEN) – 2
  6. SPORT S (UGA) – 1
  7. PIPELINE (KEN) – 1
  8. KCB (KEN) – 1
  9. NCC (KEN) – 1
  10. LUGULU (KEN) – 1

 

Men:

  1. APR (RWA) – 7
  2. UNR (RWA) – 3
  3. KAVC (UGA) – 2
  4. KVC (RWA) – 2
  5. RAYON SPORT (RWA) – 2
  6. UNIK (RWA) – 2
  7. KENYA (KEN) – 1

 

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