THE ZIMBABWE men’s volleyball team started their campaign of the Zone V1 world championships qualifiers on a high note winning two of their opening games against Lesotho and Namibia.
In a very close contest on Tuesday, Zimbabwe came from behind to beat Lesotho 3-2.
Zimbabwe and Lesotho won two sets each with Zimbabwe winning the decider 15-11 to separate the two sides.
Lesotho won the first set 25-10 and the third set 25-18 while Zimbabwe won the second and fourth set 25-13 and 25-21 respectively before winning the decider.
The Zimbabwe team continued with the good show getting the better of Namibia yesterday scoring 25-19, 25-18 and 25-15 to win the three sets and wal away with a 3-0 scoreline in the process.
Zimbabwe Volleyball Association administrator Sibangani Mashasha hailed the performance of the team saying they played very well despite poor preparations for the games.
“The boys played exceptionally well considering that we only trained for few days as a team. We have high chances of progressing to the next round. We need to win at least two of three remaining games,” Mashasha said.
Zimbabwe continue with the quest to qualify to the next stage of the competition today when they play Zambia who out classed Namibia 3-0 in the opening match on Monday.
On Friday, the team will face Mozambique before playing hosts Botswana on Saturday.
Botswana beat Mozambique 3-0 on Tuesday and were due to play their second game of the tournament late yesterday.
Zimbabwe is banking on seasoned players like Conrad Kupara, Mthabisi Ndlovu, Tawanda Mafuwa, Bruce Mpofu and Tawanda Pamire to prevail to the next round.
Mashasha said the best two teams will represent the zone in the final round on a date yet to be announced.
“The best two teams in this competition will progress to the final round, but we are not yet sure about the dates and the venue,” Mashasha said.