Francistown’s Diphatsa Volleyball club who finished second in the last season have their sights set on the championship of the campaign that kicked off last month.
They are on the 4th position after losing only one game against Kutlwano and their hope is to win most of the remaining games.
Diphatsa coach, Patrick ‘Killer’ Koitsiwe said his team is strong and has outside attackers like Tabaka Mothubi, Driller Sibanda and Nlebesi Mphambo who are also in the national volleyball team. The only problem according to the coach was the centre blocker’s position that remained vacant early this year after their star player Nkhwinya went for studies in Gaborone. He is now loaned to Police volleyball team while another player Matlhogonolo Shabani recently resigned from the team. For now they have recruited two centre-blockers whom he said are responding well to the training.
“Last season we did not have sponsors, we were just playing in the tournaments and this affected our performance because we played for only a few months and had a long break in a year. This year, our league is sponsored by Mascom and it is an advantage to our players as it takes a year, hence being in action throughout,” noted the confident coach.
He went on to say he recruits and trains every year because most of his players are from senior school and when they finish their form five they relocate to Gaborone to do their tertiary education. The coach dismissed suggestions that Diphatsa was an institutional team and that they benefited from the BDF. “BDF only help us with grounds and transport so, outsiders are also welcome to join. The other problem is that most of our games are away and this costs us a lot because apart from the financial constraints, it’s difficult for our supporters to attend most of our games.” Last weekend they walloped Desert Kings 3-1 at Mahalapye and when they will be hoping to pick more points this weekend when they welcome rivals Mag Stimela.