Tanzanians urged to support national volleyball club championship

20Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanzanians urged to support national volleyball club championship

MOROGORO Regional Volleyball Association (Moreva) has appealed to sports enthusiasts from in and outside the region to support domestic volleyball clubs that are battling it out in this year’s National Club Championship, which has been slated to start on Tuesday next week in the region.

Morogoro Regional Volleyball Association (Moreva)'s spokesman, Abdulatif Edmund. PHOTO: MICHAEL SIKAPUNDWA

Abdulatif Edmund, Moreva’s spokesman, disclosed the participating outfits need support in a bid to bolster competitiveness in the tournament, which will take place at JKT Bwalo court.

He associated financial constraints the tournament’s organizers, Tanzania Volleyball Association (TAVA), lately face with the less satisfactory hosting of the last year’s event, which took place in Dodoma.

Most of clubs which competed in the tournament, Edmund noted, put dismal showing in the showdown because they were strapped for cash.

He disclosed the clubs’ players were forced to spend their own cash to meet participation costs.

"We need material and moral support, it will be shame for Morogoro clubs to exit the tournament in the early stage, much as the region has hosted the tournament, Morogoro sports lovers should support us,” he noted.

Edmund said Morogoro’s three outfits, which will compete in the showdown, are made up of 30 players.

According to him, 10 players are turning out for the women’s team, 10 players play for the men’s squad and the rest are turning out for a junior side, namely Morogoro Stars.

Six technical bench’s officials are overseeing the squads, he added.

Outfits which are taking part in the men’s category of the event are Jeshi Stars, JKT, Chui, Shinyanga, Pentagon Club, Best Six, Njombe Club, Magu Club, Mwanza Transit Camp, Bank of Tanzania Club, Dodoma Combine and Mara Club.

Jeshi Stars, JKT, Star Girls, Moro Stars and Kigamboni Volleyball Club are taking part in women’s category.

Morogoro Regional Sports Officer Grace Njau revealed that companies can use the championship to promote their products.

She said the companies can put their weight behind the championship and make the most of the opportunity to exhibit their products in the showpiece.

"Companies have to stop investing much in soccer and neglect other sports disciplines, it's a time the firms support youth that are playing other sports,” Grace noted.

Morogoro’s sports analyst Songoro Amnukwa advised Moreva to promote the sport in schools with a view to produce competent performers.

The association, he added, should as well conduct seminars to insist on the importance of youths’ participation in volleyball.

Volleyball, according to him, can offer youths employment and the youths can moreover embrace healthy lifestyle through participating in the game.

"Let us learn from Zanzibar given the Isles have made great strides in promoting sports,” Amnukwa disclosed.

He noted Zanzibar has overseen construction of over 300 standard pitches mainly available in Urban West District… availability of sports facilities has encouraged players to showcase their talents.

He disclosed Morogoro volleyball teams have great chance to hold sway in this year’s national club championship and, ultimately, win an opportunity to represent the country in Africa Club Championship.

He insisted TAVA leadership should join forces with Moreva to improve volleyball in Morogoro.

The national volleyball governing body, he noted, should as well see to it the championship’s winners shape up well for the Africa Club Championship. 

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