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Volleyball Association of Malawi intensify Zone VI preparations

Budget pegged at K14 million

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AMBASSADORS—Some of the teams earmarked to represent the country in men’s section

Volleyball Association of Malawi (Vam) has intensified its preparations for the forthcoming Zone VI Club championship set for December 13 to 22 at African Bible College in Lilongwe.

The games will feature teams from 10 Southern Africa countries including eSwatini, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Botswana and Namibia.

About 40 teams split into men’s and women’s category will battle for glory.

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Newly crowned Raiply champions, Moyale Barracks, and Thunders will represent the country in men’s section whereas Kamuzu Barracks and Katoto Trickers are Malawi’s ambassadors in ladies category.

Vam General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma, said the association was happy with the class of the teams selected to represent the country in the regional showpiece.

“We feel they are the top teams at the moment following their recent success in national tournaments. All the teams are equally aware of the task that lies ahead. We want them to shine at home,” he said.

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Nkhoma also warned the teams to avoid complacency if they were to excel at home.

“Playing at home is an advantage but you need to work extra hard to achieve your goal. We have encouraged the teams to put in much effort to impress at home,” he said.

Vam has drafted a budget of about K14.5 million to host the event which the country last hosted eight years ago.

Nkhoma said they were expecting support from the government through Malawi National Council of Sports to ably stage the event.

Meanwhile, Moyale Barracks, Team Manager, James Phiri, said preparations were underway to shine during the international tournament.

“We know it will not be easy as other teams are equally gunning for the championship. We are following our training plan to excel. We will not get complacent following our success in Raiply tournament,” he said.

Similarly, Kamuzu Barracks Team Manager, Sido Amad, said the team did not break after winning the Raiply championship in readiness of the forthcoming international tournament.

“Despite winning Raiply championship we never relaxed. We are now working hard on the areas we didn’t perform well during the recent championship. We are doing this to boost our chances of clinching the Zone VI title. We should give out our best performance. Training sessions and game analysis are in progress,” he said.

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