Volleyball teams in camp


ZIMBABWE indoor volleyball senior teams trooped into a final week-long camp on Monday in Harare ahead of the All-Africa Games qualifiers scheduled for Botswana from May 4 to 10.


Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA) secretary-general Ringisai Mapondera confirmed the development to NewsDay Sport yesterday while giving an update on preparations for the games.

“We have set our sights on earning a qualifying ticket for the All-Africa Games and our players will benefit a lot from this training camp.

“The players begin today (Monday) and they will finish their training camp on May 3, the day they are scheduled to leave the country for Botswana,” Mapondera said.

“We will be training in different venues and University of Zimbabwe is one of those.”

He indicated that the team consisting of 36 players would be trimmed to a 24.

The senior women’s team will be under the guidance of Vulindlela Moyo who will be assisted by Kudzai Muzondo, while Itsanang Abu Basutu and his assistant Mcdonald Chatemana are the senior men’s team coaches.

Winners of the tournament will book a slot in the All-Africa Games which will be held in Congo Brazzaville, from September 4 to 19.

Meanwhile, last week the senior men and women’s teams conducted their first training camp in Harare with the exception of six players who were in Mozambique for the beach volleyball All-Africa Games qualifiers held on April 17.

Kudzai Sibangani, Douglas Choto, Keith Machakaire and Simbarashe Chidziva of the men’s team and Media Mafuta and Taderera Tsungirirai of the women’s team, missed the first training camp. They will be expected to use the experience they have gained in Mozambique.


Women: Mercy Maisiri, Kudzai Chireka, Charity Mahlangobe, Charity Chikore, Plaxedes Gapote, Nozinhle Khumalo, Mary Matsheza, Lavender Riva, Eunice Tsvuura, Media Mafuta, Proceed Mkonto, Taderera Tsungirirai, Viola Muchaoona, Vena Dick, Thelma Zvamwe, Prenade Makumborenga, Thembela Chanza, Nomagugu Dube, Melody Moyo.

Men: Douglas Choto, Simbarashe Chidziva, Kudzai Sibangani, Keith Machakaire, Tawanda Mafuwa, Collin Peters, Murraypole Ndlovu, Meffrey Chindumbo, Kudzai Chironga, Charles Nyamasve, Deadricks Watch,
Cuthbert Sixpence, Trymore Nyakwanga, Conte Kupara, Misheck Mutambirwa, Trevor Sibanda, Simbarashe Muzunze