MIPUNIRO SPIKERS SPONSORED SEVEN FROM YOUTH SIDE TO ATTEND NATIONAL REFEREE COURSE
Malawi Volleyball Association (VAM) had organized a Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Refereeing Course which was in Lilongwe, Malawi from August 08 to 11, 2019.
Mipuniro Spikers Volleyball Club Mipuniro Spikers Volleyball CLUB Management christened The Servants, thought it wise to sponsor seven of its Mipuniro Youth youngsters to attend the course. VAM had opened that apart from the twenty-nine participants it had, those that wanted to attend the course and will sponsor themselves in terms of food, accommodation and transport, can do so.
Mipuniro Spikers Team Manager, Musatero Nkhonzi Musa Tero , said that is part of Club’s players development.
“Players need to know the rules to play effectively. It is also part of our player development philosophy. We do not just let the kids learn hitting the ball. They must understand the rules and how the referee conducts his/ her work so as to avoid the misunderstandings that most of the times arise and mars the game in many instances”, he revealed.
On the other hand, trained and certified as National Referees, Nkhonzi had this to say, “We take this time to congratulate these youthful referees for taking this challenging and exciting task head-on. It's a welcome development that is to some extent, overdue. Our hope is that these youthful referees will get the necessary support and confidence from the old Whistle-guards. We look forward to that day when these youthful referees will successfully officiate say a final game at National Tournament. Until then, their knowledge accumulated in this course may be taken for a ride. These youthful referees need to be given a chance to officiate games as soon as is practically possible. If not now, when?”
The names of the youngsters are Henry Dominic (18) , Asayile Joseph Chiona (18) Asayile Chiona , Steve ‘99’ Banda (19) Steve Bandah , Simeon ‘Masai’ Kanyenda (18) Simeon Kanyenda , Bestone and Benson Chimpeni , the twin brothers (16) and Blessings ‘Bwaila’ Singini (19) Mada Singini singini .
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues and captain for Mipuniro Youth, Dominic thanked the Servants.
“I would like to thank the management for sponsoring us and making us part of the course. It was such a fascinating and wonderful experience and we have learnt a lot not just as referees but as players too. We appreciate Management’s efforts and sacrifices that they put up for us. We will not disappoint”, he praised.
One of the seasoned National Referee, Aaron Manda Aaron Manda , who also attended the course, spoke high of the lads.
“The group was quite informed in terms of the rules and showed great awareness in their responsibilities. I was particularly impressed with the twins, Benson and Bestone and the Libero, [sic] ‘Asayile Joseph Chiona’. They showed great composure as first referees for someone that young. They were able to handle the practical very well and the instructor was very impressed,” he rated them.
“I would urge them to continue working hard so as to go beyond our level of national referees, they still have ample time to reach international referees level,” he added.
Mipuniro Spikers is a non-profit, volunteer-driven and run community volleyball Club that provides
developmental and competitive volleyball opportunities to anyone who becomes a member. To some extent, the team also provides social volleyball to enhance interaction and symbolize its diversity and embracing the “Volleyball-YourWay” concept by the world volleyball governing body, Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB).
The Club started in 2015 when it registered to play in Central Region Volleyball League (CRVL). Earlier before 2015 in around 2012, The Club was just a group of undergraduate University/ College volleyball players from various colleges (particularly University Of Malawi- Poly The Malawi Polytechnic , Chanco University of Malawi, Chancellor College , Bunda Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources -city campus and KCN Kamuzu College of Nursing ) who were playing social volleyball especially when on holidays. Members enthusiasm and passion about the sport has led them to transform a social volleyball session into an established club on the local scene.
There were also other individuals from across the nation who sponsored themselves to attend the course. All together were supposed to be forty-nine, but only forty-five made it.
_Picture: Mipuniro Youth Participants Of The Course after getting their certificates_ L-R: (standing) Dominic; Kanyenda; Banda; Singini; (Squatting) Chimpeni; Chiona and Chimpeni.
It is reported that Malawi has about thirteen certified National Referees; no Candindate International Referee and no International Referee since she was affiliated to Federation International of Volleyball (FIVB) FIVB Volleyball World in 1984. Unfortunately, as of to date, only few among them are active in terms of officiating the game.
The course has started today, Thursday 8th to Sunday, 11th August, 2019 at Falls Baptist Theological Seminary in Lilongwe. The instructor for the course is an FIVB certified, Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt.
Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma has said the course will add value to the game of Volleyball in Malawi technically.
"The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Volleyball Refereeing course will add value to our sport technically. We have seen situations where teams, coaches and referees arguing on the rules of the game. But also less active referees has been a challenge. Therefore, the coming of this course will really help us to cover those gaps. In addition, our referees will be recognized internationally and progress to high level refereeing.We are very optimistic that the participants will learn more from the course and be able to transfer the knowledge to other people from their respective regions", Nkhoma said.
The instructor Abdelsamad, concured with Nkhoma.
"I feel it will be an important course. Forty nine participants means that a lot of people feel the importance of refereeing and for sure will help to improve the game, He concured.
The course is being funded by the Government through Malawi National Council Of Sports.
This development has excited one of the participant and thanked the organisers, Florence Nana Nyangulu.
"As a participant who is also a volleyball player I expect to learn a lot about volleyball rules. The course is very important to me as a player and also as a maiden referee. Thanks to the organisers", She revealed.
Out of the forty nine participants, there are three already trained national referees (one certified and two do have ther certificate) so that they share their experiences and be refreshed with some new rules, five national coaches so that they also have a knowledge on contemporary rules of the game since they help develop grassroots and coach National teams.
First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com