Wolves Men Volleyball Team had a surprise run in the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Zone VI Senior Club Championships played at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) Lusaka Zambia from December 14 to 21, 2022.
Speaking to the Media, Coach of Wolves Volleyball Club Sakurai Mbanda said that he was satisfied with how the men’s team faired during the CAVB Championship concluding that it’s been a successfully tournament.
“This was our first year competing in this tournament and our target was not to be last so after playing seven games, we lost some games but we were able to beat some national champions as well. We are on the right track because championships can be won over a period of four years,” he said.
Mbanda highlighted the weaknesses which the team had in the midst of their technical ability namely lack of height in the team and hopes the squad will be beefed up to address the problem.
“It’s been an eye opener for the boys from seeing their opponents train, to observing the execution of systems of play used during the games. We defeated the champions from Lesotho and Zimbabwe and for the gameslost, we were able to push the games to the wire,” he said.
The Men finished as number 12 out of 18 teams from five teams in Pool C, among their games they lost to Police VI from Botswana 3-1, but beat Redskins from Lesotho 3-1 and later won against Naba from Zimbabwe 3-0.
Mbanda said the ladies Wolves team struggled through the tournament but gave absolute assurance that they will improve in the upcoming tournaments.
The Ladies team emerged fourth in their pool with three points among the games played they lost to BDF VI from Botswana 3-1 then beat Harare city 3-1 and lost Green Buffalo from Zambia 3-0.
In the final standings Academica of Maputo from Mozambique were the winners in the women’s catergory with Police VI from Botswana as runners up followed by Kamplits from South African and Prison Leopards from Zambia.
For the men Green Buffaloes from Zambia won gold, Academica of Maputo from Mozambique got Silver, University of Zimbabwe Wolves from Zimbabwe was third while Prison Leopards from Zambia became fourth.