Team sport expensive - Molaodi

SHARE   |   Monday, 12 December 2016   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Team sport expensive - Molaodi

Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) president Daniel Molaodi has called on the private sector to come on board and help the federation develop volleyball in the country. Molaodi said volleyball in Botswana has a potential to grow but the problem is that team sport is expensive. He said given all the resources volleyball will grow rapidly and Botswana teams will be known worldwide. Molaodi said this at the 2016 Mascom Volleyball awards which were held in Gaborone on Thursday. He thanked Mascom Wireless for their continued support to volleyball. Mascom has been in partnership with BVF for the past nine years, spending over P8 million in the development of volleyball. “If more companies could come on board to help in this development, Botswana will become a volleyball hub,” he said.  

The Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Kgopotso Ramoroka concurred with Molaodi; saying for volleyball to continue growing there is need for proper facilities. “There are very few proper facilities but for our teams to do well they need top class facilities. How do we expect these teams to do well against other countries while they still do not have facilities,” quizzed Ramoroka. He said as the ministry their aim is to continue supporting sport development in Botswana and challenged other ministries to take keen interest in this cause of improving the quality of sport in Botswana. Ramoroka applauded Mascom for their continued support to volleyball and sport in general. Mascom Chief Executive Officer, Jose Couceiro, could not hide his excitement about their partnership with BVF. Couceiro said this year has been a very good year on their partnership and congratulated Molaodi on the good work they are doing to develop volleyball.  

In the night Mafolofolo Volleyball Club and Police VI were crowned this year’s Mascom Volleyball League champions in the ladies and men’s categories respectively. The two teams received gold medals, a trophy and P100, 000 each. Kalavango ladies team and Kutlwano men’s team got silver medals and P70, 000 for finishing second. In the individual awards Police VI continued to celebrate with three of its players getting awards. Alec Engleton was the man of the moment scooping two awards. Police VI man went away with the Best Male Attacker and the Most Valuable Player awards. Police VI continued to shine during the night with Happy Ribbin scooping the Best Male Setter award.  Another Police VI player Moemedi Siphambe was voted the Best Blocker.  

Other awards

Best Attacker
Female: Tracy Chaba
Male; Alec Engelton

Best Blocker
Female: Monica Alfred
Male: Moemedi Siphambe

Best Setter
Female: Kelebogile Mahupela
Male: Tjiyapo Madeluka

Best Server
Female: Thapelo Kamberuka
Male: Happy Ribbin

Best Libero
Female: Kebabonye Phafedi
Male: Godiraone Dikgang

Most Valuable player
Female: Chada Majaha
Male: Alec Engleton