Mwanza to host street volleyball

04Jul 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Mwanza to host street volleyball

EFFORTS by Mwanza regional volleyball association (Mwareva) to raise the profile of the sport in the region has gathered pace as the body is expected to organise the inaugural street volleyball tournament in September.

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Mwareva official, Honorati Mayunga, said 16 teams have confirmed to take part in the event, in which ten teams will lock horns in the men’s category and the rest will play in the women category.

He said it will be an open tournament, therefore, there will be no conditions that teams have to meet so they can participate in the event.

Mayunga said teams from several Tanzania Mainland regions, Zanzibar and neighbouring countries of Uganda and Kenya have also expressed interest in participating in the event.

“We expect to host two matches at Furahisha venue in the opening day on September 13. We have taken time and availability of the venue into consideration when we opted for 16 teams for the event,” Mayunga said.

Winners and runners-up in this year’s Mwanza regional volleyball league, he said are among the teams that will battle it out in the street volleyball tournament.

Mayunga ruled out the possibility of including junior teams in the street volleyball tournament as, according to him, the move will prove costly.

“We won’t have junior outfits in the tournament given that Mwareva will have to foot food and accomodation expenses for foreign teams,” he said.

“We are afraid we will drain our money should we include junior teams in the tournament. We have been finding it difficult to access financial support for different activities that we are conducting.”

Hosting of the street volleyball tournament will be yet another memorable milestone to have been achieved by Mwareva, as the body attempts to turn Mwanza into a volleyball powerhouse in the country.

Mwareva is also organising the regional volleyball league, which involves 14 outfits competing in men, women and junior categories.

The league’s matches are taking place at the Mwanza Transit Camp (MTC) venue of Nyegezi Kona, on the outskirts of Mwanza city centre, with participating teams currently playing in the second round.

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