WITH just a day before theclub championship kicks off in Lusaka, the Zambia Volleyball Association (ZAVA) is still scouting for K25 million to successfully host the competition.
ZAVA general secretary Charles Haambote said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the association set up a budget of K48 million and have so far managed to raise K23 million ahead of the tournament that starts tomorrow.
Haambote said the amount needed would go towards paying for the competition halls at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) and University of Zambia (UNZA).
He said despite the setback, ZAVA was ready to host the games that would together be 28 teams with 17 being the men's teams and the rest the women teams adding that the association was overwhelmed by the response from the participating teams.
"We are doing everything possible to ensure we put up a successful event and we are still appealing to the corporate world to come on board and help us raise these funds to pay for the competition halls," he said.
And Haambote said Zambia would be represented by Green Buffaloes, Green Eagles, Nkwazi in the men's event while the women teams would be Kamwala Magic and City of Lusaka.
Haambote said he was impressed with the preparations that teams have put in.
He said the participating teams would start arriving in Zambia by tomorrow before having pre-tournament meetings at OYDC in the evening and that team managers and coaches should carry samples of their jerseys they intend to use in the tournament. Fixtures and game schedules would be given to all after the technical meeting.
The teams expected to participate include Mozambique, who will field four teams (three males and one for women), Zimbabwe seven teams (four men and three women), Lesotho three teams (two for men and one for women), Namibia two teams for women, Botswana three (two men and one women).
Others are Malawi and Swaziland will field one team each in the championship with the host Zambia will field five teams, three for men and two for women.