ZIMBABWE’S representatives in the Zone VI Volleyball Club Championships , UZ Wolves, have dismissed the “favourites” tag at this year’s regional games.
UZ Wolves and Harare City are the country’s representatives in the championships underway in Maputo, Mozambique.
The Wolves won the domestic championship last year.
“UZ Wolves are not really favourites but let me assure you that opponents always play their best teams against us,” said Wolves coach, Jonathan Gava.
“Yes, there is pressure for us to perform, we have been national champs since 2019 and people expect us to bring medals.
“But, our challenge is the pandemic, which ensured we did not have many games.”
UZ Wolves are on course for the semi-finals while Harare City have had a slow start.
The winners of the regional tournament will book a ticket to the continental Club Championships.
The Wolves will have to shrug off competition from Associação Académica de Maputo- Mozambique and Universidade Pesegocica- Mozambique for them to win the tournament.
“It was a hard start as we had to spend a day more on the road because of the 300km potholed road and the Covid-19 curfews,” said Gava.
“We got here on the actual day of the games.
“But we have now settled.
“Expectations are to qualify for the next round of competition, which is the African stage.
“It is a tough task but we are trying, competition is stiff, no team is easy to beat at all.”