The Women’s Volleyball national team scooped position one and got some individual awards at the Zone VI senior national championships in Malawi.
The competition ran from the first to the second week of September. The triumphant Botswana will now automatically qualify for the Africa Nations Cup in Algeria to be held during the first week of October.
The team returned home on Friday after competing against Namibia and the hosts Malawi.┬á
Namibia and Malawi came after Botswana.
Tebogo Sejewe won herself the best Server and Most Valuable player award, while Tracy Chaba of Kutlwano Club won the best Attacker award.
Mafolofolo’s Tsholofelo Retshabile received the best blocker award.
In an interview with Sunday Standard, Retshabile said it was not the first time she won the same award and said the level of the competition was not that challenging as was the case in previous tournaments.
“We did well but the few mistakes we committed made our opponents to easily come back. I think we lack physical strength and we should really work hard as we are going to face tough competition at the Africa Nations Cup in Algeria,” she said.
Chaba, on the other hand, added that the award surprised her as it was the first time she got it at national team level.
“Our team played well and improved after each and every game. We will be leaving for Algeria on the 30th of September,” said Chaba. Senior sports development officer of the Botswana Volleyball Federation, Mission Mereyotlhe, told Sunday Standard that he is a happy man following a successful run by the team.
“I am happy with the performance and it was all because of hard work before the tournament,” he said.