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South low turn worries Raiply volleyball sponsor

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Raiply Malawi Limited has challenged the Volleyball Association of Malawi (Vam) to develop strategies to ensure equal representation of teams in the K5.6 million Raiply National Volleyball tournament.

Raiply Malawi Limited spokesperson, Dalitso Chimwala said this on Thursday after one of the Southern Region Volleyball League (SRVL) teams Thunders pulled out of the three-day tournament due to logistical challenges.

Following Thunders’ withdrawal, SRVL is being represented by Changalume Barracks and debutants DMI University (men and ladies). Thunders have been replaced by Northern Region based side Katoto Trickers.

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Chimwala asked Vam to have a plan that promotes equal representation of teams from all the regions in the competition.

“Teams from Southern Region are not well represented, this is not good because we want everyone to be involved in this competition and be ambassadors of the brand.

We want teams to help us in awareness programmes as fire continues to destroy hectors of Viphya Plantation,” he said.

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Northern Region Sports and Recreation Development Officer Grecian Mkandawire said there was a need to restructure the sponsorship package to subsidise travelling expenses for some teams.

“Through that way teams will be encouraged to participate,” he said.

In his remarks, Vam acting General Secretary, Daniel Mwakasoko said they will consider assisting travelling teams to have equal representation.

“It is sad to note that Southern Region Volleyball League (SRVL) has only managed to send three teams. They have failed to fulfil three positions. We have taken note of that and we will liaise with the sponsor as per request,” Mwakasoko said.

The three-day tournament, which ends tomorrow, got underway yesterday at Katoto Secondary School Sports Complex, Rosedale and Mzuzu International Academy volleyball courts.

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