Saturday, February 27, 2021

Kurwana sweeps the boards at volleyball awards

BDF VI star outside attacker Agisanyang Kurwana became the biggest winner at the Mascom Volleyball League awards held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre on Wednesday.

The lanky BDF VI star was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the Best Receiver. This resulted in him pocketing a total of P5 000.00. For most valuable player he got P3 000.00 and for Best receiver he got P2 000.00.

When asked by the Sunday Standard what he plans to do with his prize money, Kurwana said he would celebrate his individual award with his teammates.

“The reason I won is because of my teammates. I am going to celebrate this achievement with them as a way of appreciating their contribution to my success,” said the excited Kurwana.

His form was instrumental this season as he helped his team walk away with the coveted P100 000 prize money after winning the Mascom Volleyball league. He was also a key player when his team won this season’s BMW Capital Motors Cup. In the BMW Capital Motors Cup he also got an individual award of Best Server. If his individual awards are anything to go by, he is arguably the best server in Botswana. He was also voted the best server at the international level this year after helping Team Botswana cruise through in the 2014 FIVB World Championship qualifiers.

Kurwana said his strength lies in his technique and tactical ability to hit the ball well. He said it is not because he is tall as there are taller players than him.

Last year, he was voted the best server again during the Zone 6 Club Championship but lost the prestigious most valuable player award to teammate Tjiyapo Madeluka.

His other individual award of last year was being the best scorer. The hard hitting outside attacker started his volleyball at Donga Junior Secondary in Francistown in 2001.

He then progressed to Matshekge Senior Secondary School and volleyball was his daily bread as he said. Kurwana joined the BDF VI around 2006, turning professional.

His skills did not go unnoticed as he was sponsored by Botswana Volleyball Federation and Botswana National Sports Council to go study and play volleyball in Cuba. He remains a key player for the national team and is one of the best players in the local league.

Kurwana has also represented all Botswana’s junior teams. He was happy that the award was last year won by his teammate Madeluka. He said this shows how hard working BDF IV is.

Kurwana vowed to defend the coveted most valuable player award in the next campaign.

“Winning this award is a challenge as it means I should work very hard and not relax. I want to defend it and that is my motivation,” said Kurwana.

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