We lacked experience-Malawi Volleyball coach

Malawi volleyball vs zimbabwe

Zimbabwe shattered Malawi Under-20 national team’s hopes of making a winning start at African Union Sports Councils Region 5 beating the hosts in straight set 3-0 (25-29; 25-22; 25-21) at the Griffin Saenda complex in Lilongwe.

The two teams were neck-to-neck in the opening minutes of the game, but Zimbabwe quickly settled down and pulled away with some accurate hitting to win the first set 25-19.

In the second set, Zimbabwe appeared to continue from where they’d left off as the at one point, they led 7-2 but Malawi dug deep and crawled back into the game.

Blocked

Malawi were improving by the set as they narrowly lost the second 25-22.

A host of poor services and attacks that were mostly blocked by Zim's lanky blockers saw the hosts slump to a 25-22 loss in the third set.

Malawi's coach Thulani Maphosa was disappointed with the loss but happy with the way his boys played.

"The boys did not play what we do in training... There's that fear because we lack a bit of experience. Zimbabweans are experienced. Getting 20 plus against such a team means a lot, its part of growth. 

"I think if we'd eliminated fear, we could have played better. Development is a process, it takes time. We don't have a bad team as such, they just need to be exposed.

Mthulisi Mlilo, team manager for Zimbabwe said: "We tried to prepare very well and the boys played very well today. Still most of the boys are rusty, we're hoping that we'll be okay.

The boys tournament will be played on a round-robin format.

Earlier, Zambia boys lost in straight sets to South Africa. In the girls category, Zambia did beat South Africa 3-1 while the match between Zimbabwe and Botswana was a hard-fought 5-set affair that ended 3-2 in the former's favour.

On Monday afternoon at 1pm Malawi's girls will get a taste of the action when they meet wounded Zebras Botswana.