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Bulawayo volleyball referee for international course

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BULAWAYO volleyball referee Bekezela Ndlovu is in Kenya for a week-long International Referees Candidate Course, which could see her becoming the first female international volleyball referee in the country.

SUKOLUHLE MTHETHWA
SPORTS REPORTER

Ndlovu left the country on Saturday for the course expected to end on March 10.

Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA) secretary-general Ringisai Mapondera confirmed Ndlovu’s trip yesterday.

“Bekezela is in Kenya for an International Referees’ Candidate Course. Another referee Nomvelo Mlotshwa was also supposed to travel, but she failed to secure an air ticket. We managed to get a return air-ticket from Congress of African Volleyball Federation. We try to assist as an association, but this course is for personal enhancement,” he said.

Mapondera explained the importance of the course.

“The course is very important because from here she will undergo assessment from the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) for a year. When she officiates in matches, she will be reviewed by a senior referee and her marks will be taken to FIVB. If she performs well she will be the first international female volleyball referee in the country. This could also help the sport grow in the country,” he said.

ZVA administrator Sibangani Mashasha and Leonard Gaize are the two international volleyball referees in the country while beach volleyball has one international referee Elliot Mupariwa. However, Mapondera said Mlotshwa can still get a chance to take part in the course as another one is lined up for Botswana later this year.

Meanwhile, the ZVA will hold their first beach volleyball series for junior and senior players aimed at ensuring that players play on a regular basis taking part in regular tournaments at Hellenics Sports Club in Harare on Saturday.

Mapondera said any individuals who wish to take part can attend as it is an open series and an individual sport. However, he said those interested should register with the volleyball committee.

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