Police VI and Mafolofolo Volleyball clubs players will go into the African Zone 6 Championships in the right state of mind after dominating the local Mascom Volleyball League awards that were held at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) on Thursday following their exceptional run this season.
They won the league titles in both the men and ladies sections respectively.
The tournament starts today (Sunday) in Swakopmund, Namibia, where Botswana will be represented by four teams in the ladies section – Mafolofolo, Kutlwano, Kalavango and Dynamites – Police VI, Kutlwano, Mafolofolo and Spiking Stars in the men’s category.
Police VI attacker Alec Engleton scooped two awards: Best Attacker and Most Valuable Player after leading his team to its maiden Mascom Volleyball League title ever, while Happy Ribbin, Tjiyapo Madeluka and Moemedi Siphambe won the Best Server, Best Setter and Best Blocker awards. Their coach, Shimaka Ngwanaotsile, won the Best Coach of the Year award ahead of his rivals Isaac Samuel of Kutlwano and Kealeboga Mmekwane of Spiking Stars.
Ngwanaotsile praised his players and said they all deserved awards especially after being overlooked last season despite finishing second in the league.
“Congratulations to my boys who proved their value through hard work and determination throughout the season which I believe earned us the title. We missed out in the Mascom Top 8 and Capital Motors cups which were not scheduled this season due to administrative and technical issues even though the plan was to win them as well,” he said.
“We are not yet done because we have yet another litmus test ahead of us in Namibia as we have to prove ourselves beyond reasonable doubt. We never stopped training and we used the last three games of the league as practice for the tournament,” added Ngwanaotsile.
Mafolofolo ladies will be aiming to defend the title they won at last year’s championships in Swaziland which saw them beat rivals Kutlwano Volleyball Club.
They will be spurred on by Chada Majaga who was voted Most Valuable Player of Season and Kelebogile Mahupela who scooped the Best Setter Award. Coach Kabo Ntshinogang emerged as Best Coach of the Year.
Captain Tsholofelo Retshabile, who is one of the most experienced players in the team, said winning the league boosted their morale and their eyes were on retaining the title.
Zone 6 titles winners proceed to the African Club Championships.
The teams are expected to be back home on December 19.
Meanwhile, Kutlwano’s Tracy Chaba won the Best Attacker Award, while Kebabonye Phofedi of Kalavango won Best Libero alongside Godiraone Dikgang in the men’s league.Thapelo Kamberuka walked away with Best Server, whereas Monica Alfred and Moemedi Siphambe scooped Best Blockers awards.