TAVA stages tourney amid dry coffers

22Jul 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
TAVA stages tourney amid dry coffers

WITH just few weeks to go before the beginning of this year’s national volleyball club championship in Coast Region, Tanzania Volleyball Association (TAVA) is still in search of sponsorship for the event.

The tournament is among annual competitions gearing towards improving the standard of the sport in the country.
TAVA vice-chairman, Muharam Mchume, surprisingly at eleventh hour urges sports enthusiasts and other well-wishers to help the body and see to it that the event is held successfully.

“It is a high profile tournament at the domestic level, so individuals and firms are welcome to support us and ensure the event is organised smoothly,” he said.

“We also expect to use the tournament to select the national under 23 years old women volleyball team that will represent the country at international assignments later this year”, said Mchume.

He said six volleyball outfits have confirmed to participate in this year’s club championship scheduled to take place at the Filbert Bayi Secondary School’s venue from August 18 to 22.

The outfits, he said, are Jeshi Stars, Tanzania Prisons, Makongo and defending champions JKT, from Dar es Salaam, Arusha’s Pentagon Club and BoT Club of Mwanza.

JKT, Jeshi Stars and Prisons, he noted, will field both men and women outfits in the competition.
Mchume said August 12 has been set as the last date for the rest of the domestic outfits to make themselves available for the competition.

He disclosed trophies and cash prizes will be set aside for winners, noting that medals will be presented to the winners, should the national volleyball governing body access sufficient funds to procure prizes.

Each of the teams that will take part in the tournament, will have to pay 200,000/- as participation fee.
“We don’t expect the participation fee to halt clubs from participating in the tournament. We will use the fee for prizes,” he said.

Mchume, moreover, disclosed that TAVA is then set to host this year’s beach volleyball championship at the Jakaya Kikwete Youth Park in September.

Nyerere tournament, he said, will be the next event in the national volleyball governing body’s calendar but the event’s venue has yet to be made public.

An entertaining action is expected to be in store for fans that will attend the national club championship given the teams, which have confirmed participation, are currently shaping themselves up by featuring in their respective regions’ tournaments.

JKT outfits will be under pressure to prove they have what it takes to see to it that their title retention bid in the competition comes to reality, given that they will face big guns in the form of BoT Club, Prisons and Jeshi Stars.

JKT excelled in the previous edition of the tournament, which took place in Arusha, with a host of top domestic teams having failed to participate for different reasons.

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