Twenty teams will battle for 2022 Raiply Volleyball tournament following the letter released by Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) games to be played at Katoto Sports Complex centre in Mzuzu City.
General Secretary for (VAM) Mc Godwin Malani has confirmed the development in an interview Thursday that the tournament shall be started on November 11, which will saw 10 women teams and 10 men teams from both regions of this country.
According to Malani Northern Region as the host will contribute 8 teams of which 4 men category and 4 women category while Central and Southern Regions will both contribute 6 teams respectively that will see 3 for men teams and 3 for women for each region.
“Indeed Volleyball Association of Malawi in conjunction with Raiply Company this year have come with a tournament once again. All games to start on 11 to 13 November, 2022.
“My message to the general public is that let us come out in large number at Katoto and see how we are progressing with volleyball in Malawi,” Malani said.
He further urged the general public to protect Chikangawa forest and any other forest in Malawi.
“As Raiply Company is sponsoring Volleyball, let us also assist them in protecting the environment especially Chikangawa and any other forest surrounded Malawi,” He added.
In Mzuzu, qualification games for Volleyball tournament winded up Sunday that saw Moyale Volleyball team, Mzimba Prison Troopers, Moyale Troopers and Chibavi Smashers qualified for the tournament.
In a related development Eagle Claws Queens, Chibavi Queens, Katoto Queens and Ultimate Volleyball Club are among women teams that have qualified and will battle in the tournament.
In a separate interview with a member in the Northern Region Volleyball Association (NRVA) Francis True Man Banda said it was a successful games and they have hope that some of the teams qualified at North will compete much winning the trophy.
“Let me congratulate teams that have qualified for the tournament. As NRVA committee our message is to encourage all teams to prepare well and give people what they deserve,” Banda said.
Coach for Eagle Claws Queens, Joseph Kapakasa has pledged that his team will do well because they have rectified all the problems they met last year.
“Am very much happy that my team qualified for the tournament, in fact it has been a mile since we played Raiply.
We are much prepared as a team we have strategize to take these qualifiers as a milestone of preparation. Last year trophy we lacked much experience but this year we make everything possible to earn something,” Kapakasa said.
According to reigning champions Moyale Men Volleyball team Aubrey Mpeyama they are prepared to defend the trophy saying they will not allow it to go just like that but will put a grant fight.