Fungayi Munyoro Sports Correspondent
DESPITE the lack of sponsorship, the Manicaland Volleyball Association (MANVA) still expects a highly competitive and entertaining provincial volleyball league this season.
The new season roared into life last weekend when defending champions Mutare Poly were beaten 2-0 by Mutare Boys High School in the male category. Rusape based Hard Hitters narrowly edged Mutare Boys High 2-1 while ZRP lost 1-0 to Rusape Hard Hitters. There was not much action in the ladies category as only one match was played. Mutare Poly dismissed ZRP Mutare 2-1. The next league matches will be played in Rusape on next weekend. The league’s vice-chairman, Hector Kabunu, said 15 teams, nine in the male and six in the female categories, have registered for the 2018 season.
“This 2018 league is dedicated to our late vice chairman Charles Sakala. The gap left by him is hard to cover-up and the wound is still fresh in us and the entire volleyball family. We were robbed off as a family and we hope to carry on with the good work he left behind.
“The long wait has finally come to an end and the volleyball community can now have something to cheer them up at least until next winter when the league season ends. It is going to be a good season and the level of competition is expected to be high as some heavyweights like Mutare Poly has lost some key players while teams like Mutare Boys High School are displaying good play and some teams have bolstered their squads with some good players,” he said. The League is made up of Mutare Poly, Rusape Hard Hitters, Mutare Boys High, Chitakatira, Support Unit, ZRP Mutare, Hartzel and Africa University. The ladies category has Mutare Girls High, Mutare Poly, Rusape Hard Hitters, ZRP Mutare, Support Unit and Africa University. Vengere High School and Mutare City Council are yet to confirm their participation in the league. Meanwhile, NASH Under-17 volleyball roars into life today (Friday) at district level. Provincial competitions are slated for June 8 at Jersey High School in Chipinge and the national finals will be hosted by Harare province on June 15.
The contest for the 20 years and under district competition will be staged tomorrow (Saturday) while the provincial finals will be on June 23 at Chibuwe High in Chipinge. The national competition will be at Luveve High School in Bulawayo on June 29.