May 21, 2013, 11:15 AM
Speaking to Pointsport shortly after the Tallinding-Churchill’s Town game at the Serrekunda East Volleyball Lawn, Alagie Babou Joof, Volleyball Programme Officer SESDO, said the league brought together 5 male teams, namely Tallinding, Latrikunda, Churchill’s Town, Abuko and Wellingara, as well as 4 females teams, namely Churchill’s Town, Tallinding, Latrikunda and Brikama.
Anelka, as he is widely called, described the competition as a constitutional requirement, adding that henceforth they intend to organise it annually.
“It is the beginning but we want to move ahead like football,” he pointed out, saying the competition will be played in a league format.
In the male category, the 4 best teams will qualify for the semifinals, he noted, adding that in the females, the two best will face each other in the final.
The competition is aimed at not only concentrating on the national volleyball league but also on having a league at the zone from which they can select the best players to represent them in the domestic league as well as sustaining the game within the zone, Mr Joof also said.
They have seen exceptional volleyball during games, he went on, describing the tournament as a step in the right direction.
The aim is also to promote and develop the game within the zone as well as to build a strong team that will represent them at the national league, he noted.
In conclusion Mr Joof said: “We have this game here and it is for the people; so anyone in the area who wants to learn the game, all doors are open for you to come and learn.”