Zimbabwe representatives in the Women’s African Club Championships debutants Harare City have stepped up their preparations for the continental showpiece and training at Queen Elizabeth High School in the capital.
The City of Harare club who won the Zone VI regional championships held in Bulawayo last December are now busy preparing for the African Club Championships following their successful run during the regional championships.
Harare City women, Support Unit and UZ Wolves men all qualified for the CAVB Africa Club Championships which are to be held in Cairo, Egypt from the 25th of March to the 6th of April 2018.
Debutants, Harare City women were the standout team in the women’s category at the regional championships held in Bulawayo finishing the tournament unbeaten with an impressive eight wins.
They were deserving gold medalists capping off a fairytale 2017 season with a trebble as Zimbabwe Volleyball Association’s league winners and Harare Volleyball Association champions.
Coach Tawanda Pamire is happy going to Egypt as underdogs as it gives them a chance to prove their worth and surprise other African club giants.
Harare City dismissed a spirited Botswana side BDF VI side 3-1 in the final of the regional Zone VI Championships to earn the CAVB Africa Club Championship berth.
Support Unit women finished in 5th position while 2016 ZVA national league champions and Zone VI silver medalists UZ Wolves were 6th and Bulawayo Spartans finished 7th.
Nicknamed “Girlz Dzetonaz”, the side boasts of a wealth of experience and team spirit, with the likes of Spiker Media ‘Military Touch’ Mafuta – winner the best spiker during Zone VI tournament and player of the year at the annual volleyball awards held recently, Harare City cannot wait to showcase their skills at the CAVB Africa Club Championship in Egypt.
The Zone VI Club Championships were hosted by Zimbabwe last December from the 8th to the 16th in Bulawayo to decide who would walk away the Zone VI champions and qualify for the CAVB Africa Club Championships.
Zimbabwe were offered the privilege of hosting last year’s regional tournament following the success of two local clubs who participated at the last Zone VI championships men’s side NABA and women’s side UZ Wolves both won silver medals in Swakopmund, Namibia the previous year.