Vyamahala team from Dar es Salaam defeated Memon Stars to qualify for the next group stages during the ongoing second edition of EA 2019 traditional volleyball tournament played at Memon Sports Club in Mombasa County.
The defending champions beat the hosts 2-1 in an entertaining match played under floodlights.
They managed to beat the hosts on the last set after they tied on two sets to beat the home team to sail through into the next group stages of the tournament.
The defending champions fielded the old squad which participated during the first edition which was organized in 2016 where 29 teams drawn from the region participated.
This year 32 teams are participating in the traditional volleyball, which is a popular sport within the Asian communities from all over East Africa.
The team which featured composed of Amed Shanghuri the captain with Bhawah Govmid, Ritesh Parmar, Anup Sharma and Mustafa Gosal.
The hosts Memon United is composed of youthful players led by Esmail Noorrany, Bilal Kadernani, Azeem Harunani, Yassin Bachani and Suheil Kasmani.
The second hosts team Memon United was edged out 2-1 by hard fighting Kisumu Muslims during a tough encounter played at the same venue.
At Hamm Villa ground, Union Sports Club from Tanzania beat Nakuru Stars 2-0 during a one-sided game.
In the second game Nairobi Muslims Red lost to Bukoba Jaffery from Tanzania 2-1.
The traditional volleyball, which is a popular sport within the Asian communities from all over East Africa, is a three day tournament which is being held during this year’s Easter festivals.
Other venues apart from the two Memon villas are Muslims Youth ground, Visa Oshwal ground, Patel Samaj and Ronald Ngala primary school.
The finals of the tournament will be played under floodlight on Sunday with a grand closing ceremony and the winners will pocket Sh 200,000 while runners up will get Sh 100,000.