Kutlwano Volleyball Club is busy preparing for the CAVB Africa Club Championships despite still having to raise funds for the trip.
The ladies championships are scheduled for March 16- 25, 2019 while the men’s games are set for April 1-10 in Cairo, Egypt.
Big House qualified for the continental tournament last year after finishing in the Top Four at the Zone 4 Championships in South Africa. Kutlwano will represent Botswana alongside Mag-Stimela and Police VI at the tournament. However Kutlwano are the only side with two teams – ladies and men – in the competition.
With the hosting rights of the tournament granted to Al-Ahly of Egypt, it means Big House has to raise close to P500, 000 for the trip covering accommodation, flight fees and meals. In addition, the club has to part ways with an amount equivalent to P10, 000 as participation fees for the tournament.
Club spokesperson Tjiyapo Madeluka said lack of finances is the main challenge.
“There are so many challenges for us at this point and mostly we are talking about finances. Just to undertake the trip to Cairo we need something like P700, 000 in order to cover all the logistics due to the fact that both our ladies and men’s team have qualified. But at this point we have made an inquiry at Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) and Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and they have all made it clear that they cannot sponsor us,” said Madeluka.
According to Madeluka, even though the team has started training for the tournament in January they are not certain if they will finally play at the competition.
“We have started training and preparations for the tournament but we will hear from the executive committee soon if they consider the team strong enough to compete at the championships. The technical team and the executive will soon meet to make a decision on whether to take the two teams or take one there or even skip the tournament and build a strong team for the 2019 season,” he said. The last time Big House ladies participated at the championship was way back in 2012 in Kenya while their male counterparts last competed in 2010 in Tunisia.