By Munyaradzi Gwanzura in Maputo, Mozambique
Zimbabwe continues to enhance its status as a powerhouse in volleyball in Southern Africa after all four local clubs in the men category of the 2022 edition of the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Zone VI Senior Volleyball Club Championships progressed to the quarter-final stage of the tournament on Wednesday.
UZ Wolves were the first to book a spot after two successive wins in Pool B. They will face local rivals Harare City who placed third in Pool A.
Reigning national champions NABA suffered their first defeat at the hands of Associao Academica de Maputo from Mozambique. In the quarter-final stage, NABA will face a highly energetic Unizambeze from the host country Mozambique.
The boys from Bulawayo, Highlanders placed fourth in Pool B and will face the dominant Associao Academica de Maputo who came first in pool A.
Kudos to Highlanders Volleyball 🏐 team for raising the brand & the national flag high in the Zone VI Volleyball Club Championship in Mozambique.
They have made it to the quarterfinals where they will face Academica of Mozambique today.
— Highlanders F.C (@HighlanderBosso) January 13, 2022
“We are taking one game at a time and we are not pressure-rising ourselves,” said NABA head coach Nyasha Takawira. The Zimbabwe National Premier League winners are one of the favourites in this tournament and have suffered just one defeat.
The games will be played on Thursday, January 13 starting from 1200hrs with the last match commencing at 1900hrs at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique.