UNAM, Kudus set early pace in CVA

• By Michael Uugwanga

UNIVERSITY of Namibia (UNAM) Men’s Volleyball Club and Kudus Ladies Volleyball Club have set an early pace in their respective divisions, following their wins over the past weekend in the Central Volleyball Association (CVA) league tournament that was held at the Patrick Iyambo Volleyball College Courts in Windhoek.

UNAM are topping the men’s chart with nine points from three games played, while Kudus are on eight points so far.

City of Windhoek (CoW) are in second position in the men’s division with seven points, followed by third-placed team NamPol Otjozondjupa Volleyball Club also on seven points and Namibia Defence Force (NDF) A on six points to round off the top four.

NDF B are in fifth place on four points, followed by Afrocat D with three points from two matches, Kudus with three points from two matches played, Afrocat C have three points, Kings also on three points, Heritage and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) are the only teams with no points in the men’s division.

In the women category, Revivals Volleyball Club are in second place on seven points, followed by NDF in third place on four points, Khomas NamPol Volleyball Club are in fourth place with four points, NamPol Otjozondjupa Volleyball Club are fifth with three points, UNAM in sixth place on three points, NUST in seventh place also on three points and Afrocat in eight place also with three points.

The next round of matches is scheduled to take place on April 23.

Vice chairperson of the defending champions in the women’s division, Elina Veijo of Kudus has said that the aim this season is to defend the title.

“So far so good and we still have young players that are still catching up with confidence. We want to defend the title with a clean sweep by not losing a single match,” she said.

Captain of Revivals Volleyball Club, Nokokure Kambatuku said that she is happy with her team’s effort so far and that they are aiming at clinching the title.

“We only have one loss so far and that was against Kudus. We want to beat Kudus in the second round if we are to have a chance of winning the league title.”

In the men’s division, UNAM team manager, Maria Ntesa, who also happens to be the manager for the women side said that the men want to do better than the last five years.

“In the last five years we have always been in the top four, and last season we finished third. The problem we are facing is that whenever the players are done with studies they end up leaving the team because of jobs and other things.

“Some players also relocate to other places that is why the women team is struggling,” said Ntesa.

All eyes will be on Swakopmund for the 2022 Bank Windhoek Doc Open Tournament slated to take place April 9 to 10 at The Dome, with the top volleyball clubs from all corners of the country expected to compete for top honours in both the men and ladies’ divisions.

The winners in each category will walk away with prize money amounting to N$8 000 plus 17 gold medals and a floating trophy, second place teams will receive N$6 000 plus 17 silver medals, third placed teams will get N$ 4 000 plus 17 bronze medals and fourth placed teams in each category will walk away with N$2 000.