Shingi Matibiri, Sports Reporter
HARARE – The Zimbabwe Premier Volleyball League kicks-off on Saturday at the University of Zimbabwe with a record number of teams taking part.
Fourteen men’s teams and eleven women’s teams will take part in the second edition of the national premier league which is scheduled to end in November.
Zimbabwe Volleyball Association secretary general Enias Kondo said they are excited with the start of the league which will see the winners both in the men and women’s categories getting the ticket to represent Zimbabwe at the Zone 6 Games in Zambia in December.
“We are extremely excited to be playing this second edition of the Zimbabwe Premier Volleyball League. We have a record 14 men’s teams and a record 11 women’s teams,” Kondo said.
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“We have done all what are supposed to do to make this a success. We have new clubs coming in, from Masvingo there is Blue Stars, Nyanga from Manicaland and Ruwa Stars from Mashonaland East. We are making every effort to put everything up to standard.”
Kondo said they are also working with the international volleyball body the FIVB to educate players on match manipulation as well as anti doping.
“We are registering our players on the FIVB portal so that they can go through education on anti doping and also they can undertake education on competition manipulation. We are still searching for corporate support so that we can support our teams so that they can focus on playing volleyball which is important.”
NABA and the UZ Wolves are the defending champions in the men and women’s categories having won the first edition last year.