Raiply national volleyball tournament underway in Mzuzu

Katoto Sports Complex and Rafik High School Gymnasium in the city of Mzuzu is hosting  the 2019 Raiply National Volleyball Tournament beginning this Friday all the way to Sunday.

Defending champions Moyale volleyball team

As usual, the tournament is proudly sponsored by Raiply Malawi Limited and organised by the Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM). Teams across the country in both men and women categories will battle it out to try and snatch the championship from Moyale Barracks and Blue Eagles Sisters who will be defending the title in the men’s and women’s category, respectively.

In Group A for women, Eagles, Rafik Foundation High School, Police Eagles Claws (formerly Blue Eagles Sisters), Kamuzu Barracks and Gemz will be fighting for honours at Rafik High School Gymnasium.

Teams clashing in the women’s Group B at Katoto Sports Complex will be Moyale Queens, Katoto Queens, Snipers, Chanco Women and Poly Aces.

For men, in Group A at Katoto Sports Complex will be Moyale Volleyball Team, Chibavi Smashers, Lilongwe Spikers, Cobbe Barracks Artillery and Poly Troopers.

Group B, also playing at Katoto Sports Complex, will include Thunders, Moyale Troopers, Police Eagle Claws, Kamuzu Barracks and Eagles.

The games will be starting at eight o’clock in the morning and ending at five o’clock in the afternoon each day.

General Secretary for the Volleyball Association of Malawi, Jairos Nkhoma, has assured all volleyball loving fans to expect fireworks as sponsorship has been raised to 5 million Kwacha. He reiterated his message on conserving Chikangawa forest which is the working hub for Raiply Malawi Limited; sponsors of the tournament.

“This tournament is always important as it brings teams from all over Malawi. This year’s tournament will also help us to identify teams that will represent Malawi at the Zone VI from 13th to 21st December to be hosted by Malawi this year.

“You are aware that Raiply is the only company that sponsors volleyball at national level and the only way to show appreciation to this rare gesture is to ask Malawians to help in the conservation of Chikangawa forest because without the forest, there will be no Raiply and without Raiply, volleyball will suffer.

“The company also offers employment to many Malawians and it is only right and proper for Malawians to be thankful,” retorted Nkhoma.

The first prize will be K700, 000.00 while runners up will get K300, 000.00. The third and fourth placed teams will pocket K200, 000.00 and K100, 000.00, respectively. This will apply both to men’s and ladies’ teams.

There will also be individual awards and awards for the media in print, electronic and online.

All the prizes will be presented at a cocktail to be held at St John of God Centre on Sunday.

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