Moyale Barracks emerged champions in the 2018 national volleyball championship men’s category at Katoto Sports Complex in Mzuzu on Sunday.
Moyale Barracks used home ground advantage to defeat Thunders from Blantyre 3-0 in the final to lift the men’s title while Blue Eagles from Lilongwe won the women’s championship.
Blue Eagles came from behind to beat Moyale Barracks 3-2 in the final to retain the title.
“Our game plan was to finish them as we progress to the next round. I thank God that it has worked and we have won the title,” Blue Eagles team manager, Chilango Mkwate, said after the game.
Moyale Barracks coach Aaron Phiri thanked his players for winning.
To qualify for the final, Blue Eagles women defeated the hosts Katoto Queens 3-1 while Moyale Barracks thrashed their in-house rivals Moyale Troopers 3-0 in the semi-finals.
The champions got K600 000, 12 gold medals and a trophy each while the runners-up, Thunders and Moyale Barracks women’s team, received K300 000 and 12 silver medals each.
Third-placed Lilongwe based Kamuzu Barracks women and Mipuniro Spikers (men ) received K200 000 and 12 bronze medals each.
Moyale Troopers men and Katoto Queens each got K100 000 for finishing on fourth position.
The champions in the men and women’s categories will represent Malawi at the Zone VI Volleyball Club Championship in South Africa in December this year.
Speaking during the prize presentation, regional sports developing officer for the North, Georgina Msowoya, urged the two teams to intensify preparations for Zone VI games.
“Congratulations to Moyale and Blue Eagles for winning. Our hope is that you will translate this good performance in South Africa as you face clubs from other countries,” she said.
Raiply marketing and sales manager Narsi Mhan said they are impressed with the performance of all the teams and disclosed that his company will continue sponsoring the competition.
“We are impressed with the talent displayed. Our aim is to scout talent. Let me reveal that we are going to continue sponsoring this tournament,” he said.