In the ongoing African Volleyball Championship, Rwanda defeated Uganda 3 sets to 2 in a thrilling 5-set volleyball match at Kigali Arena on Friday, putting the hosts in first place in Group A.
Fans from both countries were on the edge of their seats as the game unfolded, with more than just pride on the line. Despite the fact that both countries had qualified for the quarterfinals, the winner would be the group’s champion. Rwanda got off to a good start, winning the opening set 25-15, while Uganda grabbed the next two sets (25-21 and 25-23).
Rwanda, led by Yves Mutabazi, went on to win the fourth set 25-11, requiring a tiebreaker, which Rwanda won 15-09, eliciting tremendous applause from the Kigali Arena crowd.
Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju, the Minister of Sports, was among the first to applaud the Volleyball Wasps, thanking them for “defending” the country. The game was played in a lighthearted manner, but the sporting rivalry between the two neighbors was on the minds of the spectators. The two countries will meet again in a 2022 World Cup qualifier in Qatar.
Rwanda won Group A, with Uganda coming in second, Burundi third, and Burkina Faso fourth. Burundi defeated Burkina Faso 3-1 in the day’s other games, while North African rivals Morocco and Egypt were still battling it out in Group D, with Morocco leading Egypt 2-1.