Zone-6 All Africa Qualifiers Start

| May 4, 2015

Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) president, Daniel Molaodi, has expressed satisfaction at their preparations to host the Zone-6 All Africa Games qualifiers.

The competition starts tomorrow (May 5) morning at Ditshupo Hall in Gaborone with three matches for men and ladies teams.

Zimbabwe would kick-off the women competition with a match against Mozambique at 9am, followed by a clash between Zambia and Mozambique at 11am. Botswana would then clash with Lesotho in an evening kick-off slated for 6pm.

The men’s competition would commence with a match between Malawi and Zimbabwe at 9am, while Mozambique would take on Lesotho at 11am.

Botswana would face Zambia in a night match at 8pm. The qualifiers were initially supposed to be hosted by Malawi but they pulled out because of monetary constraints, and Botswana was asked to step in to rescue the situation.

Molaodi said the invitation to host the competition came late considering the magnitude of the event. However, he said they were ready now, adding that preparations were also going well.

Molaodi explained that they agreed to host the event considering a number of reasons, including home ground aantage, expressing hope that it would come handy for local teams.

Further, he stated that the other reason was that of their budget, as they realised that travelling to Malawi would have meant spending more money than when playing as hosts.

The Zone 6 games are qualifiers for the All Africa Games that would be hosted by Congo in September.

Molaodi said they had expected all Zone 6 countries to honour the games, but that was not the case as only six countries have confirmed their participation. They are Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the hosts Botswana. He said South Africa, Namibia, Angola and Swaziland would not be part of the competition. The teams were expected to arrive yesterday May 3 and today (May 4).

Nevertheless, Molaodi was not happy about the absence of big houses such as South Africa and Angola stating that their absence would lower the standard of competition.

Teams would play in the round-robin format and whoever comes top would qualify for the All Africa games.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: General

Comments are closed.