Fungayi Munyoro Sports Correspondent
LACK of sponsorship has affected the smooth running of the Manicaland Volleyball Association (MANVA) league and its tournaments.
MANVA deputy provincial marketing manager, Dominic Machine said: “Our league was running smoothly in the previous seasons, but last year was difficult for us.
“We saw our numbers dropping. We started off with nine teams but we folded halfway because the teams were failing to fulfil fixtures citing financial constraints.
“Our league has no sponsors, so it is difficult to survive in this harsh economic environment,” he said.
He said given enough funding, Manicaland could be a powerhouse for volleyball.
He said as MANVA, they are going into schools to introduce and coach the sport.
“We are trying by all means to have all our schools play the sport. The response we are receiving from the schools is overwhelming.
“However, the challenge is in growing the sport from schools into a league. Sponsorship will make it easier.
“We have put up a pre-season opening tournament. We will be able to see who will affiliate for the 2020 season. We have also extended the invitation to schools,” he said.
“We have a lot of talent in Manicaland. We have some of our players playing for the national teams. Shammah Muneta from Mutare Boys’ High School is the reigning Most Valuable Player.
“We also have Duwati Vengesayi from Mutare Polytechnic, he is doing very well,” he said.