14 December 2013

Zambia: Volleyball Teams Aim High

ZAMBIAN envoys at the 2013 Zone Six Volleyball Club Championship, Nkwazi and UNZA are confident of a good performance ahead the tournament that starts today in Botswana and comes to an end on December 22.

Nkwazi captain Philip Lundofu said in an interview before departure that the players were geared to win the country medals at the tournament to be held at the Otse Police College and Lobatse Sports Complex in Gaborone.

Lundofu said the Zambia Police sponsored outfit was extra motivated for the tournament as they are coming from winning the national league.

"We just won the local league and that gives us a lot of confidence ahead of the Zone-Six Games. We have prepared adequately and we really want to take our winning mentality across the border and into the region," he said.

Lundofu was confident that the array of talented players in the Nkwazi team, who also play in the national team will eventually deliver a gold medal to the Zambia Police command after failure to win a medal in the regional games.

Some of the players Nkwazi will be hoping will shine at the tournament apart from Lundofu include Augustine Mutiti, Steve Ikobonga and Bernnard Mambonde among others.

And UNZA stand-in coach Peter Kombaniya said his team was also aiming at winning a medal as the players were ready for the tournament with everyone focused on bringing home a medal but was cagey to say which one the team was targeting.

Kombaniya said the championship was also a good ground to develop and expose the players especially with Zambia involved in some other international engagements like world cup qualifiers.

Some of the players in the UNZA team include Martin Zulu, Balo Chilala, Peter Kombaniya Jr, Wiza Chinula and Derrick Bwalya, who is the team setter.

The games were originally supposed to be hosted by Swaziland on the same dates, but were shifted to Botswana early last week this week due to challenges experienced by the Swaziland Volleyball Federation.

The games have attracted teams from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia with hosts expecting 18 men and 16 women's teams.

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