Citizens' boss happy with progress

Harare City Volleyball Club chairperson Bozman Matengarufu has credited the institution’s developmental arm headed by ex-men’s team coach Willex Chisvo for their recent success in the Harare Volleyball Association 2019 Open Tournament.

The Citizens’ men under newly-promoted head coach Itsanang Abu Basutu shrugged off a strong challenge from rivals UZ Wolves to win the final 3-2 and be crowned champions. It was a momentous victory for Harare City who have often played second fiddle to the preying Wolves.

City were the biggest spenders, signing a host new players and even raiding some of the seasoned campaigners from UZ Wolves.
Matengarufu said the results achieved on the courts last weekend were a culmination of hard work that is being put behind the scenes by Chisvo and his developmental counterparts though also giving credit to the players and the technical staff.

“I am thrilled by the results the Citizens have started producing. Their performance has been gradually improving, thanks to our seasoned specialist in the volleyball player development, coach Chisvo,” Matengarufu told the Daily News.

Adding that the victory gives them renewed hope and they are now expecting to participate in both the HVA and Zimbabwe Volleyball Association leagues with distinction in preparation for the December Zone 6 games in Malawi.

“The revised vision of the club of ‘transforming volleyball to become a discipline of choice by 2030’ is taking shape and the mantra ‘taking volleyball to higher levels’ is being realised. If all stakeholders come together for the good of the sport, surely our dream of hosting the continental club championship in 2023 will also become a dream come true,” Matengarufu said.

“We have been struggling to beat UZ Wolves over a couple of games that we played so far. We have managed to break the jinx and it is with pride the new look team, technical bench and revitalised executive work together as a team. With this season opener, Citizens both men and women teams we are posed to lift the HVA championship, ZVA and the Zone 6 Championship scheduled for December in Malawi this year.”

Citizens’ club manager Godknows Jembere said their teams will strive to work an extra mile in order to maintain the pattern for success throughout the season.

“The introduction of the development side is meant to develop volleyball skills in young stars starting from our council primary schools and community centres. We would like to support and give back to our communities.. at the same time identify talent and market the club and the sport in all suburbs,” Jembere said.

“We are all excited with the achievements registered in this HVA tournament. It is, however, still early days yet and we can’t afford to sit on our laurels because the journey has not ended if anything, it has just begun.”

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