ZAMBIA's only hope for medals at the on-going Zone Six Volleyball Club Championship Kamwala Magic were yesterday tossed out of the competition when they were hammered 3-1 by Kutlwano of Botswana in the semi-finals.
The Zambians who put up a spirited fight failed to contain the pressure from the Tswanas who capitalised on the mistakes by Kamwala Magic.
The Kutlwano dominated the first set 25-20; they went on to win the second set 25-20, but surrendered the third set 25-23.
Kutlwano exhibited high levels of performance and proved to be a better side than the Kamwala Magic, who took long to settle down.
But the Tswanas who were superior in stature, which appeared to be their strength took advantage of their opponents who were more on the tiny side to toss and spike the ball into the Kamwala Magic area almost at will.
Kamwala Magic started the fourth set on a high, and showed signs of winning the set and at some point scores read 7-4 in their favour.
They could have easily won the game, had they not lost their confidence, but they paid dearly for the mistakes, losing 25-20.
But all is not lost for Magic as this morning they will play the third and fourth game and fight for a bronze medal.
Other Zambian teams that are out of contention are Nkwazi women who lost in the quarter-finals to Red Skins of Lesotho, Green Buffaloes men who lost to Botswana Defence Force (BDF) and Green Eagles were defeated by Red Skins in the men's quarter-final.
In an interview Kamwala Magic coach Marjane Malikumu said she was impressed with her team's performance and that it was a good result for the team considering that it was the first time for her team to feature at such a high level competition.
"The girls played well, I am impressed with the performance, although they are just participating in the tournament for the first time.
The girls lost it because they were losing confidence once they make mistakes," Malikumu said.
Kutlwano coach Opelo Popo said the game was tough adding, that Kamwala Magic gave his team a good run for their money.