“Take us home”

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Brighton Zhawi

“WE have brought the games home, now take us home.”

This is the mes­sage that the Zim­babwe Vol­ley­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is send­ing out to the coun­try’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the Zone VI Club Cham­pi­onships sched­uled for Bu­l­awayo in De­cem­ber.

The last time Zim­babwe hosted the tour­na­ment, in 2006, CBZ Jew­els won the crown and ZVA pres­i­dent Ringi­sai Mapon­dera is pray­ing that his­tory re­peats it­self.

“We have Sup­port Unit and Naba in the men’s cat­e­gory while Sup­port Unit ladies and UZ Wolves are our rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the women’s cat­e­gory. They are com­pet­i­tive teams and wor­thy rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“As a gov­ern­ing body we have done out best in bring­ing the games homes and the ball is now in the court of our rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“They need to take ad­van­tage of be­ing at home and win the tour­na­ment,” said Mapon­dera. Sup­port Unit and Naba have both come close to win­ning the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion be­fore.

Sup­port Unit suc­cumbed 0-3 to Au­tori­dade de Tribu­taria of Mozam­bique in Ma­puto in 2014 while Naba were edged 2-3 by Botswana’s Po­lice VI in last year’s fi­nal.

Both teams will be confident of get­ting it right this time while in the women’s cat­e­gory Sup­port Unit and UZ Wolves can bank on the ex­pe­ri­ence play­ers have in their re­spec­tive dress­ing rooms.

Mapon­dera said ZVA are de­ter­mined to have a smooth flow­ing tour­na­ment.

“We are ex­pect­ing 20 male teams and 20 fe­male teams to take part in both in­door vol­ley­ball as well as beach vol­ley­ball. The com­pe­ti­tions will run con­cur­rently from De­cem­ber 7-17 at the ZITF Hall while beach vol­ley­ball will be at Khu­malo Hockey sta­dium,” he said.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate what it means to host such a tour­na­ment and work has al­ready started to en­sure that we host a mem­o­rable event. We will play our part and urge the teams as well as the fans to play their part dur­ing the tour­na­ment.”

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