Women's volleyball tourney underway

Written by  Chisomo Ngulube

Sports in Malawi is synonymous with football for men and for women netball. But some eight women’s teams, are showing that there are other options like volleyball for instance.

Blue Eagles taking on Moyale Blue Eagles taking on Moyale

Through an invitational tournament the eight teams drawn from each of Malawi’s three regions are competing for the title of national champion at the Blantyre Youth Centre from Saturday 30th September to Sunday 1st October.

Two million Kwacha from a couple which has chosen not to be named has been used to sponsor the tournament.

Kamuzu Barracks Vs Katoto

In real sense, the money is little but for the women, it would appear, that the motivation is not the money. It is rather the opportunity to show to the country that women’s volleyball is alive and kicking. It is also about showing that new blood is being pumped into the sport.

The eight teams have been drawn into Group A- comprising Kamuzu Barracks (KB), Katoto Trickers, Poly Aces and Hella- and B which has  Moyale, Gems, Blue Eagles and NRC.

Two teams from each group will proceed to the semi-finals.

In games played on Saturday, Kamuzu Barracks were unbeaten, seemingly unperturbed by their opponents. The Lilongwe-based soldiers did not drop a set in each of their three matches, winning them in three straight sets automatically sending them to the semi-finals.

KB will be joined in the semis on Sunday by Katoto, a rather youthful side.

In Group B defending champions Blue Eagles and youthful Moyale look set to go through to the semis.

But the winner of the group will be decided on Sunday morning as the match involving Eagles and Moyale had to be stopped with the two sides tied at 2-all as darkness was creeping in.

There are no floodlights at the BYC’s tennis courts which are being used for volleyball.

From Saturday’s proceedings, it would be difficult to predict the winner, but KB, Blue Eagles and Moyale all of them from the country’s security forces have a high chance of proceeding to the finals.

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