The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) men’s volleyball team, the UZ Wolves, will tomorrow plunge into battle in the Confederation of African Volleyball Club Championship competition in Sousse, Tunisia.
Zimbabwe’s representative is set to leave Harare today for the most prestigious volleyball competition for clubs in Africa. The 40th edition of the tournament roars into life starting tomorrow and run until April 28,2021. Twenty-four teams are expected to take part in the continental club championships.
The continental showcase was initially set for Egypt, but the country failed to commit to hosting the event, prompting the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) granting Tunisia hosting both the men’s and the women’s club championships.
UZ Wolves manager, Munashe Moyo said the team was ready for the battle.
He, however, said the club faced obstacles, including lack of funding.
“Our chances are looking good. We are hopeful to go all the way in the tournament though the teams we are facing are the best in Africa. It wont be a walk in the park, We are going to war,” Moyo told BT Sport.
He added: “The challenge we are facing is on funding. So, we hope all the people who committed are going to come through so that we are able to participate in the tournament.”
Moyo said he was looking forward to captain Tafadzwa Keni, Shammah Muneta, Dreadricks Watch, Colleen Peter and the new signing Michael Mapfumo.,who joined from Harare City , to lead the team to glory.
The continental extravaganza will also be used as a World Club qualifier.
Reigning champions, Al Ahy of Egypt are the most successful volleyball club in Africa, having claimed 14 African men’s volleyball club tittles.
UZ Wolves qualified for the tournament when they took part in the Zone V1 games held in Lilongwe, Malawi in 2019.
UZ Wolves were crowned Zone V1 club champions and secured the slot to Tunisia.
It was supposed to be joined by Harare City. But Harare City pulled out.
Zimbabwe’s representative was supposed to participate in the Club Championships last April. But, the tournament was cancelled last year due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
Tendai Steve Musabayana