Naba ready for African tour

HARARE - Non-Academic Bachelors Association (Naba) volleyball club are preparing for their maiden participation on the African circuit this month.

The volleyball side finished third on the National League log standings behind Stanbic Thunder and Support Unit in 2013.

The top two teams automatically qualify for the Region V Africa Club Championships scheduled for Maputo, Mozambique while Naba will be participating on an invitational basis.

The games are set to run in the Mozambique capital from December 13 to 21.

Naba coach Munyaradzi Mavhima said they are now working on strategies and combinations after completing an acclimatising camp in Chiredzi recently.

“We worked on the physical conditioning in Chiredzi after taking into consideration that it’s hot and humid in Mozambique and I believe we had a successful camp in the Lowveld,” Mavhima told the Daily News.

“This week was all about game situational drills with a bias towards strategies and combinations and after that we will be participating in a couple of tournaments and friendly matches.”

Naba earned themselves a place in the history books by becoming the first local volleyball side to qualify for a continental tournament in only their third year in the league.

The club was established as a social entity and only registered for top-flight volleyball in 2011 after realising that they could match the top teams.

“It could be our maiden year to participate at this high stage but we won’t be sitting down on our laurels. Our dream is to get into the semi-final stage or better,” added Mavhima.

Naba communications manager, Gamuchirai Makawa said they have shown commitment to participate at the Maputo games by paying their affiliation fees and called on the corporate world to partner them in their national cause.

“The fact that we are representing the country means that the issue ceases to be a Naba baby but a national event and as such we are kindly inviting sponsors to partner us in areas to do with transport, accommodation and kit for the boys,” said Makawa.

The battle of Southern African nations is set to feature teams from countries like South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Swaziland and Lesotho.

Over 40 clubs expected to compete in both male and female categories.

Naba, Support Unit and Stanbic Thunder will represent Zimbabwe in the male category while the University of Zimbabwe Wolves, Support Unit and ZRP Raiders fly the country’s flag in the ladies category.

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