ZAMBIA's Green Buffaloes were yesterday eliminated from the on-going Zone Six Volleyball Club championships by fellow defence force side, Botswana Defence Force (BDF) for the visitors to progress to today's semi-finals.
BDF, who has a 100 per cent winning record, dominated the game from the start of the game and put up a scintillating performance to completely outrun the Zambia Army-sponsored outfit.
The Tswanas in a fast-paced game, won the first set 25-10 and capitalised on the flaws in the Buffaloes' side to take the second set 25-12.
Francis Dingwe and Agisanang Kurwana were outstanding for BDF and gave Buffaloes a torrid time with their powerful spikes that left the Zambian side handicapped most of the time as they failed to block the saves.
In the final quarter Buffaloes came into the game a more rejuvenated side after the introduction of veteran player Active Muchindu who changed the face of the game and blocked the spikes from BDF.
Buffaloes at some point were leading the final set 15-12 and 16-14, but succumbed to pressure and allowed the Tswanas to come from behind to claim the final set 25-20.
Buffaloes' coach Lackson Mazumba accused the umpire of poor officiating, saying he contributed to his team's loss; adding however that, it was an interesting game despite his team's loss.
Mazumba said he was not disappointed the team had been eliminated out of the competition, but that as a team they learnt a lot of lessons during the championship.
And BDF coach Selebatso Mabutho described the game as good, saying his team was paired against a good side in the quarter finals despite them losing, adding that each team that sailed through to the next stage was a good team and should not be underrated.
By press time Green Eagles were playing Red Skins of Lesotho, while Rail Stars of Zimbabwe and Red Skins of Lesotho were last evening expected to play Support Unit of Zimbabwe and Zambia's Green Eagles respectively.
In the women's category, KNVC of Namibia were playing Panthers of Zimbabwe, while Red skins of Lesotho were engaged with Nkwazi with Zambia's Kamwala Magic expected to face Namibia Defence Force (NDF) later on Kutlwano of Botswana were scheduled to play Highlanders of Zimbabwe.
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