New committee promises to breathe life into South Volleyball

Kelvin Zulu

Clubs and affiliates of the Southern Region Volleyball League have finally elected an executive to run its affairs.

During the elections on Sunday, chairperson of Thunders Volleyball club Kelvin Zulu who was among those agitating for change at the helm of SRVL was overwhelmingly elected chairperson with 24 votes. SRVL's longtime general secretary who had been hoping to ascend to the top position got six votes as did Owen Lita.

Kamuzu Stadium manager and volleyball coach Ambilike Mwaungulu was elected vice chairperson unopposed while Charles Msusa, Thunders team manager is the new GS having gotten 20 votes against Wezzie Mwafulirwa's, 16 his deputy is Henry Mangani.

The delegates who voted for and are expecting change

Blessing Mtuwa Nkhata is the new treasurer. She saw off the challenge of Dokiso Mukhalipe with 22 votes against his 14 while Mack Chirambo, Twambilire Chalemba, Faith Mwafulirwa Scknar Gwaza and Ijoumar Mwaluka are the committee members.

In his acceptance speech, Zulu urged all teams and volleyball stakeholders to work as a team to resuscitate what he called the lost glory of volleyball in Malawi's Southern region.

In an interview just after the elections, Msusa said: "Our committee is aiming at reviving the sport in the region. We wish to develop the governance structure for the League. We need to revive participation of the teams from all districts. We will also focus on developmental volleyball thus all ages in the strata."

Volleyball Association of Malawi GS Jairos Nkhoma has since told the committee that their honeymoon was over before it had even started and that it was time to run with their vision.