The camaraderie that is always evident between soldiers will be put to the test when Francistown Area S BDF Camp based Diphatsa Volleyball Club meet another army side BDF VI from Gaborone in a BMW Volleyball Splash finals at Otse Police College this weekend.
The tournament will kick start with a curtain raiser between media select team facing Capital Motors staff at 1100 hrs. The ladies final between Kutlwano and Kalavango will follow at 1300 hrs.
The all army affair between defending champions BDF VI and their rivals Diphatsa is billed for 1500 hrs. Speaking to Voice Sport this week Diphatsa coach Patrick ‘Killer’ Koitsewe said the players are ready, both physically and mentally.
An upbeat Koitsewe said they have prepared the players psychologically and was happy that there were no injuries on his charges. “It would not be the first time we are playing BDF VI in the finals. We once beat them in 2006 during the Debswana tournament; an achievement that booked us a ticket to the Zone VI tournament in Swaziland,” Koitsiwe said.
He said they hold their opponents in high regard as most of BDF VI’s players are in the national team. “They are a championship material. They have an experienced coach and there is no way we can undermine them. However this time around BMW title is ours, we are well prepared,” said a confident Koitsewe. He said they have recruited a setter with height from Itekeng Volleyball club, Kgosietsile Moala to replace Tabaka Mothubi who was not favoured by height.
The coach said he will also bank on his key players, outside attackers Odirile ‘Driller’ Sibanda, Tabaka Mothubi and Nlebesi Mphambo who are also volleyball national team players.