The Capital Motors Volleyball tournament is expected to resume this weekend in Francistown when sixteen male teams taking on each other in the preliminary rounds to decide who will go to the last eight.
The games will be preceded by the ladies preliminaries billed for Gaborone on the weekend of September 14 & 15 where eleven teams are expected to face each other.
The lucrative tournament, sponsored by Capital Motors, is expected to run until 4th September when the finals are expected to be played. The Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) and Capital Motors have signed a two year sponsorship deal which will see the motor giants partnering volleyball until next year.
According to BVF’s spokesperson Godfrey Mudongo, the sixteen male teams will be divided into four groups composing of four teams which will face each other with the two best teams in each group advancing to the last eight where they will face each other in a knockout format.
The BVF spokesperson informed The Telegraph that apart from the preliminary games, both the quarterfinals and the finals will be played on the same date.
As has been the norm in the previous tournament, the sponsorship will be equally divided among both the ladies and men’s teams. With only eleven women teams making the tournament, the ladies tournament format will be slightly different from the men’s as they will be divided into two pools only. The top three in each group will make the semifinals where teams in positions two and three will face each other to decide the two teams that will partner group winners to the finals.
As for the group winners, they are also expected to face each other to decide who goes to the finals as the ultimate number one team. Mudongo says the final games, which are expected to be a volleyball festival will be played on the same date and at the same venue on 4th September. Tournament winners are expected to walk away with P10 000 while the runners up take P6 000. The prize money is expected to be equal among both the men and women.