Concern over volleyball league delays

Up in the air: The volleyball league has experienced start delays PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Up in the air: The volleyball league has experienced start delays PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

There are mixed emotions ahead of the start of the Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) league, with some clubs accusing the mother body of keeping them in the dark.

The league was due to start in April but was postponed to this weekend and has been rescheduled once more. Mafolofolo coach, Isaac Thenjelani, told MmegiSport that they are in the dark about what is happening to the league. “The BVF executive committee members are the only ones who know what is delaying the league. Clubs have started preparations. The problem is how long will you prepare while costs escalate,” he said. Thenjalani said they have an interest in recruiting a lot of players but the transfer window is now closed. He pointed out that acquiring players from other clubs is now expensive and without valid competitions, it is not worth it. Thenjelani said the absence of school sport has negatively impacted volleyball development as clubs like Mafolofolo believe in developing their own players from schools. Tjiyapo Madeluka of UB Yaros said the BVF had announced that the league would start in April but that did not happen.

He said they have released their players because most of them are University of Botswana (UB) students. “We will call them back only when we see signs that the league will start. As we speak, there is no how the league can start before referees and coaches commissions are updated. We also expect a launch before the competition starts and we want to know what or how much we are playing for,” he said. Madeluka said clubs are still waiting for grants from the BVF because they are struggling financially. “Mind you, the transfer window opened and closed and teams failed to pay for players' transfers,” he added. The BVF vice president-administration, Ndibo Lebala, said draft fixtures have been completed and sent to affiliates for comments. “After the fixtures were finalised we intended to start tomorrow (July 6), we realised that there was a delay in releasing information about what was being played for. Things are now back on track. On Tuesday we received a letter from the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Gender and Culture that informed us on how much we will be getting for the league. However, it is late to start the league this weekend because our rule is that we should inform affiliates seven days before the competition,” Lebala said.

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