By Draxon Maloya
FIREWORKS AT THE VOLLEBALL TOURNEY.
This year’s edition of the K5 million Raiply National Volleyball Championship has begun at Katoto Secondary School coat in the city of Mzuzu on Friday morning.
The vice chairperson of the Volleyball Association of Malawi, (VAM) James Kaunda has described this year’s tournament as unique and expect stiff competition considering what is at stake for the winning teams.
Kaunda said unlike in the previous years, winners in this year’s championship in both ladies and men categories will have to walk away with reasonable cash prizes and other consolation prizes which is an additional incentive to spice up the tournament.
“We are expecting stiff competition in years edition of the Raiply Volleyball championship considering what is at stake for the winning teams, the prize money in both men and women category have been raised and equaled so expect nothing short of fireworks,’’ Kaunda said.
Speaking in an interview the team secretary for the defending champions in the ladies category Blue Eagles, Jessie Nyasulu said the capital city outfit is well prepared for the tournament despite some financial hiccups that could affect the team’s preparations.
“We are much focused and those financial problems did not affect our preparations in any way, we have come here to defend the title and we are looking forward to do so,” Nyasulu said
In her remarks the regional sports officer at Malawi National Sports Council in the north, Georgina Msowoya expressed gratitude with the region’s continued hosting of the national event and appealed to people in the region to patronize the games and give support to the teams.
Ï am very happy that Raiply continues sponsoring volleyball which is the only national tournament hosted here in Mzuzu annually, so let me appeal to people in the city and surrounding areas to patronize the games and cheer their teams,” Msowoya said.
The Raiply National Volleyball tournament is also being used as a platform to select teams for the Zone VI club championship which will be hosted in the country’s capital city, Lilongwe in December.