The Namibian Men's National Volleyball team is preparing for the upcoming African Volleyball Confederation's 2023 Zone VI Senior Indoor Nations Championship in Zimbabwe.
Financial constraints have however raised doubts about their participation.
The excitement is set to unfold at the City Sports Centre in Harare, where the African Volleyball Confederation's CAVB Zone 6 Indoor Nations Championship will take place from 26th to 30th of September.
Traditionally, this event unites nations from the Zone VI member countries, including Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, South Africa, and Angola.
As the event draws closer, only Eswatini, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have confirmed their participation.
In an interview with Joseph Amakali, the Technical Director stated that uncertainties loom over Namibia's Senior Men's National volleyball team nevertheless. Due to financial constraints they are in a dilemma about their participation in the championship.
''well the reason is that as we speak the NVF does not have funds to send the team out, this issue has been a challenge for the past year because the federation does not receive any funding from the international body, government or any stakeholders.''
Amakali also noted some constraints in the team's preparations
''in order to prepare, we need funding as well because team members come from different parts of the regions so we need transportation to bring the player to one location order to train and it's one of the use we have also.''
Amakali emphasized that federations need financial support from the government to take part in such regional or international competitions.
''if federations do not have or are not funded financially it makes it difficult or rather impossible to represent the country in international championships.''
While the government has pledged transportation support, challenges remain in providing accommodation and meals for the players.