Experienced Egyptian Para Sitting Volleyball Coach Dr. Mosaad Elaiuty has said the reason why he opted for Rwanda instead of many other opportunities from Kenya, Asia, and Europe is because the small African country shares his same dream.
Speaking to the media on Friday at Amahoro Stadium during the “2019 Africa Para Volleyball Championships” press meeting, Dr. Mosaad who led Egypt to win a bronze medal in the Rio-Olympics explained that Rwanda has a long-term dream of developing players for the future, building capacity in the sport as well as the potential to win.
“As an Egyptian coach, I’m here working with Rwanda-NPC to make sure that we develop and take the sport to another level. Rwanda has the capacity, plan and the means, as a coach that is my dream too, to build up my name in a professional way,” he explained.
Dr. Mosaad who preferred to remain in the continent despite the many offers believes that Africa has the capacity and potential to produce the best teams in the world, and Rwanda is among them, we can achieve that status because both the teams have that perspective.
“It requires time, planning, to set a target to make sure we achieve all this, this is why we established a long-term program with NPC-Rwanda in this I believe my idea together with Rwanda can come true,” He added.
While Rwanda, the host will feat both the men and women teams in the 2019 African Para Sitting Volleyball Games.
He says that he acknowledges the feelings from the media or fans on what they might think, as a coach Rwanda playing against his own country.
In reply, he points out, ” I know what you think, it is normal for a coach but we are professionals, if Rwanda wins the African Championships, the Egyptian coach has won too, I have different experiences on how Rwanda can win against Egypt,”
The Egyptian began coaching in sitting volleyball for the first time in 1997 with the club, Elahorria from Port Said after a friend told me about them. Mosaad who is also Ph.D. holder in Health and Physical Education/Fitness started it after being a player for many years and enjoyed many years before stopping to study for my Doctor degree.
Jean Baptiste Murema new NPC Rwanda President pointed out that, having the Egyptian in Rwanda is beneficial given his expertise in the Para-Volleyball Sport and we hope to learn a lot from him.
In the other related news, both the men and women’s teams have intensified training ahead of the Africa Championships expected to be played both at the newly inaugurated Kigali Arena this September.
The women’s championship is lined up from September 15-17, while their male counterpart’s games will take place from September 19-22. Countries like Egypt, Kenya, and Nigeria will feature both the men and women sides, while South Africa, Algeria, and Morocco will feature only in the men games while Zimbabwe will feature only the female team.
It will be the third time that Rwanda will be hosting championships, since 2015 when they finished as champions as well as 2015 and 2019.