By GRACE CHAILE
THE vanquished Zambia volleyball team returned yesterday after a disastrous outing in Kenya where the envoys lost all their four matches at the Poland 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
However, the team received some solace from the Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) through board member Haroon Ghumra who consoled the team not to despair despite the defeats suffered.
Ghumra said this when he received the team at the National Sports Development Centre (OYDC) where he encouraged the players and technical bench to continue working hard.
“It is through such competitions that Zambia can only get better. Don’t lose heart but work hard by learning lessons from the outing. We may have lost but there a lot of positives that we can pick up,” he said.
He urged the team to remain disciplined and called on the Zambia Volleyball Association (ZAVA) to roll out a programme to tap talent from schools saying the future of the sport was with the youths.
Delegation leader Smart Mwitwa, who is also SCZ board member, said the trip was rewarding despite the team losing all its matches.
Coach Peter Kombaniya said his team had gained experience by playing at such competitive tournaments. He said the experience gained would be beneficial for future competitions.