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Southern Region Volleyball League (SRVL) is contemplating adopting the use of indoor courts as rainy conditions threaten to ruin the progress of the competition.

This comes after the much anticipated Hallmark SRVL match between hosts Thunders and Michonya failed to throw off at the Blantyre Youth Centre on Sunday due to bad weather conditions.

Following an assessment by officials, including referee Smart Liphevo, the match was postponed.

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SRVL Chairperson Ambilike Mwaungulu said they were exploring ways to use in-door courts.

“We had to cancel the match due to rainy conditions. Playing in the rain endangers the safety of players, officials and spectators.

“We would have started using indoor courts already but our budget doesn’t allow us until we reach the finals. As it is, we are now weighing options to raise additional funds through contributions from the teams to pay for indoor court costs,” Mwaungulu said.

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Currently, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (Kuhes) Sports Complex is the only reliable indoor court in Blantyre.

The Hallmark SRVL competition for Blantyre- Chiradzulu zone rolled into life in December last year and this was the second match week.

Earlier on Saturday last week, Bangwe Panthers failed to take advantage of their home turf when they lost in straight sets 3-0 (10-25, 18-25, 16-25) to Bravo at Bangwe Youth Centre.

It was Bangwe’s second loss in the league, and their coach Omega Mwinibwalo had another excuse for the defeat, asking for their matches to be played on Sundays.

“We miss some of our players on Saturdays due to their commitments. We would appreciate if our matches are scheduled for Sundays,” he said.

Unbeaten Bravo Captain Jonathan Simbeye said they were excited with their progress.

“We are looking forward to our next game against Thunders,” he said.

Two more teams Mubas and Catholic University will join the fray next month.

The women’s games are yet to start as only one team, Gemz, is available, with Mubas and CU unavailable until February.

The league is being played at zonal level in the region’s 13 districts, with the top-three teams from each zone qualifying for the regional finals in April.

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