All is set for the Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA) 2018 league which kicks off this weekend with a total of 13 teams confirmed.
Volleyball fans are in for a treat this weekend as the ZVA celebrates the new season and rewards successful clubs from the 2017 season.
The 2018 edition is set to kick off a week earlier than the previous editions.
The league which was initially set to start on the 28th of July was brought forward to allow its members to go and exercise their voting rights.
Week one fixtures will see teams battle it out at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) courts with two men’s fixtures featuring Non-Academic Bachelors Association (NABA) against Parrots while hosts UZ face National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in the season opening fixtures.
ZVA Secretary General Tawanda Sithole said the league will be truly national in its outlook and composition with teams coming from all parts of the country.
“It will be an exciting season following the successful participation by clubs at the regional Zone VI Club Championships hosted in Bulawayo and the Africa Club Championships in Tunisia and Egypt. The standard of play should be very high this year,” he said.
A total of 13 teams have this year confirmed their participation, the league will be riding on the success story of three of its clubs ZRP Support Unit, UZ Wolves men’s teams and Harare City’s ladies team both at regional and continental stage.
Champions of the 2017 Zimbabwe National Volleyball League (ZNVL) in the men’s and women’s leagues ZRP Support Unit and Harare City respectively went onto win the Zone VI Club Championships in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe last year.
UZ Wolves deservedly took silver in the men’s category.
ZVA recently appointed Khanyile Dhlamini as the chairperson of the ZNVL.
She will be assisted by ZVA Control Committee and Referee’s delegate to successfully run the 2018 league games.
Teams will take turns to host league game matches and apart from Harare and Bulawayo, places like Chiredzi and Chinhoyi will be treated to some high quality volleyball during the 2018 season.
On the sidelines of the first weekend games, the ZVA will take time to reward those teams, technical officials and players that excelled in the 2017 season.
This ceremony will be held at the UZ courts.