THE Zambia Volleyball Association (ZAVA) has started weekend training camps to prepare for the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Cup Men’s qualifiers scheduled for Gaborone, Botswana from the October 7 to 12.
Association general secretary Charles Haambote said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the players, who are expected to travel to Botswana on October 5 ahead of the tournament on October 7, started the weekend camps last Saturday and would soon be going into full-time camp.
Haambote said so far, preparations were going on well and that he was confident that if things continued at the rate they had started, nothing would stop the team from qualifying to the World Cup finals scheduled for Poland in September, 2014.
“We have just started training for the Botswana games and so far, I can say that the preparations are going very well and if we continue at this rate, nothing will stop us from winning,” he said.
He said 12 players were selected to travel to Botswana and were all in good shape.
Haambote said his association was working in conjunction with the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) and the Ministry of Sports to prepare for the games.
Haambote said the tournament was expected to gobble up K 265, 000.
He expressed confidence that the event would be a success, adding that Zambia would benefit a lot from hosting an event of that magnitude in terms of exposing the players.
He said the qualifiers which are scheduled for the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) would attract six teams from the Zone Six region.