22 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Twenty Beach Volleyball Teams Invade Harare

MORE than 20 beach volleyball teams are expected to converge in the capital for the Unity Cup tournament starting this morning at Highfield Community Hall. The two-day tournament is expected to feature 24 men and women teams drawn from across the country and it ends tomorrow.

Beach volleyball commissioner, Robert Njerere, said the tournament is a platform to involve the community in the sport and let them have a better knowledge on how the game is played.

"The tournament is going to be a platform to introduce more beach volleyball tournaments locally and popularise the game as well as informing people about the sport.

"We also hope it's going to be a platform where we can come up with more beach volleyball players," said Njerere.

Njerere said the event is going to feature players from indoor volleyball since they are off-season and will present an opportunity for the players to exchange and share ideas.

"Most of the indoor players have finished playing and we have even players based in South Africa coming. We are hoping to get the best players

"So far we have eight men teams and seven women teams that have confirmed their participation in the tournament.

"We are expecting more teams to come in because we are hoping for 12 teams in each category and we have extended our deadline for registration to tomorrow morning (this morning)," said Njerere.

Njerere, who is also the national team coach for volleyball, said they are looking forward to a competitive event.

"In terms of competition we are expecting to get the best because we have some of the best players who play volleyball coming for this tournament.

"With the participation of the indoor volleyball layers, the competition is going to be very competitive," Njerere said.

The local teams will also be using the tournament to prepare for zonal competitions starting early next year.

Some of the players expected to take part are Nyashadzashe Takawira and his partner Brighton Ngunzvi who are the top players and in the women's section the limelight will be on top seeds, Viola Muchaoona and Christine Manyanya.

Beach volleyball was introduced in Zimbabwe in 2011 and has made some progress with local teams winning several medals in regional competitions.

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