Darkness forced cancellation of the Central Region Volleyball League (CRVL) C2K Pre-Season Tournament final clash involving Blue Eagles and Kamuzu Barracks at Lilongwe Community Centre last Saturday, when the finalists played only one full set before the match was called off midway into the second set.
Kamuzu Barracks won the first set but were trailing their final opponents 13-7 in the second set, when the game was called off due to darkness.
Sponsored by Area 47 based entertainment and social joint C2K to the tune of K600,000, the tournament attracted seven out of the eight teams in CRVL’s Men’s League A, who were grouped into Pools A and B.
Defending champions Lilongwe Spikers were placed in Pool A together with Don Bosco, Bunda College and Snipers with last year’s runners-up Blue Eagles grouped in Pool B alongside Kamuzu Barracks and Mipuniro.
After leading Pool B with maximum nine points, Spikers failed to go past Kamuzu Barracks, who were runners-up in Pool B as they fell 3-2 at the hands of the soldiers in the semi-finals.
Pool B leaders Blue Eagles crashed Don Bosco 3-1 to book a final berth against the soldiers from MDF headquarters.
According to CRVL officials, the final might be rescheduled for Saturday or during the mid-week after discussions with the two finalists.
Despite the hiccup faced during the final, CRVL chairperson Robert White described the tournament as successful, thanking the entertainment joint from Area 47 Sector 2 for the sponsorship.
“It has been a success because all but one of the teams in our Men’s League A turned up. The competition was also stiff judging from the elimination of the defending champions Spikers at semi-final stage by Kamuzu Barracks. This shows teams are prepared for the new season, which starts in a week’s time,” said White.
While saluting C2K for sponsoring the pre-season tournament, the CRVL boss bemoaned the lack of sponsorship for the leagues, urging well-wishers to come to the rescue of the league, which has four categories, namely Men’s League A, Men’s League B, Youth League and Ladies’ League
“We have been running without sponsorship for the past two years and we are urging companies and other well-wishers to come aboard and sponsor our leagues,” said White.
Nyadani Chaika of C2K said they were aware of the league’s predicament and would see if they can meet the league’s requirements.
“We are a small firm and cannot afford to sponsor the whole league. Our interest as of now was to help teams prepare for the league but if approached by the league, we will see where we can fit in,” said Chaika.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :