The national finals of the inaugural Vale Logistics Volleyball Tournament are ready to roll this afternoon at College of Medicine (CoM) Sports Complex in Blantyre.
According to Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) vice-general secretary Martin Hausi, the three-day event will begin with a trophy parade at 8am from Chichiri Shopping Centre along the Masauko Chipembere Highway to the venue of the finals.
“The main purpose of the tournament is to sensitise the public along the railway lines about the importance of taking care of these facilities and promoting health and safety along the railway lines. Therefore, we will start with the parade to create that awareness and attract more people to the national finals,” he said.
At least 10 men’s teams and eight women’s outfits are geared to compete at the national finals where the men’s champions will receive K600 000 and the women’s victors will get K500 000.
The Southern Region Volleyball League (SRVL) will be represented by VTC Thunders, Poly Troopers, CoM and Cobbe Barracks in the men’s category while Blazzers, Gemz, DMI St. John University and Poly Aces will do it in the women’s section.
The Central Region (CRVL) men’s category will have Blue Eagles, Lilongwe Spikers and Mipuniro Spikers. Mipuniro has replaced Kamuzu Barracks, who have been banned by VAM from the tournament on disciplinary grounds. Kamuzu Barracks Ladies and Blue Eagles Ladies will be their female ambassadors.
The North (NRVL) has sent to the finals Moyale Barracks, Moyale Troopers and Katoto Trickers men’s teams alongside women’s sides Moyale Barracks Queens and Katoto Queens.
Thunders coach James Mangani said they will take advantage of the national finals taking place within their fold to win it and end a 12-year national title drought for SRVL teams. SRVL teams have not won a national title since 2006.