ZIMBABWE Volleyball giants Support Unit have been ranked on position 20 in the final ranking of Men’s African Club Championship following their participation at the African Volleyball Confederation Club Championships held in Tunisia on March 5 to17.
Support Unit made their first-ever appearance in the African Club Championships which was attended by 24 teams from across Africa.
The club comprises Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers and is coached by the Zimbabwean national senior men’s assistant coach Itsanang Abu-Basutu who is assisted by Donald “Skilz” Chademana.
ZVA secretary-general Ringisai Mapondera described the ranking of Support Unit as a stepping stone for Zimbabwean volleyball.
“The fact that we have a team that represented Zimbabwe in the African Club Championships means we are progressing,” he said.
“We are now recognised world-wide. Support Unit has made history for being the first local team to reach African Championships. I am sure the ranking was according to how they played.”
“Support Unit earned their place as they are a well-organised and institutional club. Without the club’s administration, their input and commitment, they would not have made it this far.
“All officers who make the team are dedicated to volleyball and they are attached to their sport. I can now say volleyball is an alternative to football,” Mapondera added.
Support Unit were the first Zimbabwean team to play in the Confederation of Africa Volleyball Region V games and the team obtained a silver medal.
Final ranking of Men’s African Club Championship
1 Ahly (Egypt), 2 Esperance (Tunisia), 3 Etoile Sportive du Sahel (Tunisia), 4 Somoha (Egypt), 5 Zamalek (Egypt), 6 Bourj Bouaririj (Algeria), 7 Ittihad Tangier (Morocco), 8 Setif (Algeria), 9 FAR (Morocco), 10 Ahly Beni Ghazi (Libya), 11 Swehli (Libya) 12.
Prisons (Kenya) 13. GSU (Kenya), 14 Espoir Congo RD), 15 Autoridade (Mozambique), 16 AS Douanes (Burkina Faso), 17 FAP (Cameroon), 18 APR (Rwanda), 19 KAVC (Uganda), 20 Support United (Zimbabwe), 21 Al Nahda (Sudan), 22 Nemostars (Uganda), 23 Daim Hamad (Sudan), 24 Atletico (Cape Verde)