HIGHLY-RATED volleyball coach Munyaradzi Mavhima has joined his old club Non Academic Bachelors Association (Naba) after leaving his post with the University of Zimbabwe Wolves men’s team.
“I have always been part of Naba as I am one of the founder members. Naba and UZ have always been brothers and at some point I was coaching both teams with Ephynos Zvainaka,” Mavhima told the Daily News yesterday.
“During the match ups, we would split as coaches and take either side. Naba was the big brother then but of late UZ has been dominating.
“Naba of late had been struggling and as a part of the founding ‘fathers’ I said the club cannot continue going down — why not assist.
“UZ men no longer urgently require my services but Naba needs me more. My time at UZ was also up and joining underdogs assists a coach in terms of development.”
Naba are largely a passion-driven club whose love for volleyball has seen them travelling even as far as Malawi for the Confederation of Africa Volleyball Southern Africa Zone Six Senior Club Championships last year just to support local representatives.
“My philosophy has always been moulding young players and I have since gathered a few at Naba and you may be surprised to note that Washington Kakuyu (Sauro) formerly with the Citizens aged only 23 years, Ian Ndavazocheva (19) and Phillip Maone (21) are now at Naba; I have an exciting team that mixes youth and experience,” Mavhima added.
“Top three finish will be good as perennial rivals UZ and City will dominate. We are taking this season as a stepping stone for us to then challenge for honours in a year.
“We are rebuilding but in cups or tournaments we will have an equal chance of winning.
“UZ will always be home so will forever cherish the good memories and learn from the bad experiences.”