BY: DRAXON MALOYA
The Tanzanian government has shown total commitment towards the development of sports including the game of volleyball as manifested by theìr High Commissioner to Malawi.
After watching his home boys and girls Mbeya Best-Vi and Kampala University Ladies Volleyball teams play in this year’s Mzuzu International Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, the High Commissioner, His Excellency, Humphreys Hesron Polepole hosted them to the dinner at the magnfificent, Grand Palace Hotel in the city of Mzuzu.
His Excellency Polepole could not hide his happiness with the strength of the bilateral relationship flourishing between the two countries which he said can visibly be manifested even through trade and sports development programs.
He said his coming to Mzuzu and watching the volleyball games gives him the strength to recommend a similar tournament to be hosted by the ministry of sports in either, Mbeya City or the capital, Daresalaam .
“Malawi and Tanzania are always brothers and sisters enjoying cordial bilateral relations manifested through different interventions such as sports and trade.
Let us encourage such visits which also creates a learning experience for people of our country, let me also thañk His Excellency the president, Lazarus Chakwera for providing such an enabling environment for the people of our countries to coexist in the manner we enjoy èxchange visits,” said His Excellency Polepole.
Leader of the visiting, Kampala University làdies Volleyball team, Rogers Mushabe described 2022 Mzuzu International Volleyball Tournament as the best organisation his university team has ever participated in.
“I happy to see people in such high position coming to watch the volleyball games here in Malawi, the organisation is just phenomenal and we are happy to be part of this international tournament in which we brought the ladies volleyball team to showcase our commitment to fight against gender disparities,” said Mushabe.
He also disclosed that Kampala University has spent 10 million Tanzanian Shillngs to bring the ladies volleyball team to tournament bringing together teams from the Zone-V and Zone-Vi of the African Volleyball Federation.
In his remarks, team leader for Kamuzu Barracks Volleyball team, 2nd Lieutenant Twambilire Chitete whose team was trounced 2-3 by the visiting, Mbeya Best-Vi in the quarterfinals on Saturday, thanked the tournament’s organising committee for a wonderful organisation of the event that enabled even diplomats to watch the games.
“Personally I am very impressed, let us encourage those organizing and sponsoring the event to continue and even do more to create an enabling environment for teams from this part of Africa showcase the volleyball skills and experience,” Chitete said.
Chairperson of the Mzuzu International Volleyball Tournament, Killy Msukwa thanked the Tanzanian High Commissioner for recognising the annual volleyball event which he said is continuing to attract the attention of the teams from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Also taking part in this year’s tournament is the Zambian Prison Leopards who have also qualified to the paying ranks on Saturday
The inaugural Mzuzu International Volleyball Tournament was won by Mbeya Best-Vi who have also qualified to the finals of this year’s event after beating Moyale Barracks Volleyball team in the semifinals.