21 Dec 2016 08:30am
SWAKOPMUND, 19 DEC (NAMPA) The first-ever Zone Six Beach Volleyball Club Championships concluded here on Monday with South African teams dominating play.
The two-day event took place at the new beach volleyball court behind The Dome.
In the male category, Leuw Williams and Clinton Stemmet from South Africa (SA) defeated Botswanas Bocao Nagafela and Odirie Sibanda 2-1 in the final.
Third place went to Mashaseca Rafapa and Ofentse Motlohbi, also from SA.
In the womens category, Palesa Masinga and Margret Springer (SA) lost 0-2 to Christie Delcarme and Liezel Petersen (SA) in the final.
Namibias Rosi Hennes and Lizette Röttcher ended third overall.
Zimbabwe and Zambia were the other participating nations.
Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) Vice-President, Hillary Dux Imbuwa said both the Zone Six Volleyball Club Championships, which ended at The Dome on Saturday, and the Beach Volleyball Championships took place in good spirit.
Imbuwa said there is a need to invest more and develop volleyball in Namibia because the current standard is not competitive compared to other countries such as Botswana.
We need to train more young volleyball players in the next five years if we want to win this championships in the future, he said.
There were no cash prizes or individual awards; only trophies and medals.
The event experienced a few hiccups, such as lack ball collectors (ball boys) and line judges because there was no money to pay them, said Imbuwa.
He also revealed that the federation hosted the championships with N.dollars 140 000 intended for development next year.
The federation is now hoping Government will grant them money for next years development programme.