The Zambian Volleyball Federation President Nakaonga Agnes Kakoma has challenged former African female volleyball players to emulate CAVB president Bouchra Hajij by challenging for various leadership positions in sports management.

Kakoma who is also the Confederation of Africa Volleyball Federation (CAVB) Board Member, believes that the growth of volleyball in the continent can only be attained if former players, especially women are involved in the running of the sport.

“I would want to encourage a number of women, not just in administration but also as referees.

“We want to have a number of women referees and coaches. We want people in each and every country to come on board so that we can promote women’s volleyball in Africa,” Kakoma said.

“I would like to encourage a lot of women to come on board. We see a few of them do come out and that should be encouraged ” said Kakoma, a CAVB Gender Minority Board Member.

She added: “If you have passion for volleyball; if you played volleyball before or even if you didn’t play, but you have a passion, then I would really tell you that there is nothing that is impossible. Come and support this sport.”

Kakoma wants the ex-players to draw strength from Bouchra, a former Moroccan captain who trounced long-serving CAVB president Amr Elwany in the last elections.

“It excites me to note that we have the first female volleyball president.

“She is a hard working woman and I’m happy to have her on board. We are going to support her 100 percent because the whole idea is to develop volleyball in Africa. We need to work together to see that volleyball gets to another height.”

Kakoma, who is serving her second term as Zambia’s volleyball boss, was speaking ahead of the commencement of the 2021 Zambian Volleyball National League, where 16 men and women’s clubs will be taking part.

The league will serve off on May 29th at the Olympic Development Centre in Lusaka under a new sponsor.

“To be honest Volleyball in Africa is improving each day. We are coming up with different players. If we see the teams that we have, most of the teams have young players, so that the future of volleyball in Africa is very bright,” told CAVB News.

“Volleyball has also improved in my country because for the first tie in the history of Zambia, we’ve introduced the National league.”

The introduction of the league is expected to advance the growth of the game in the South African nation that sent more than six teams to the last Zone XI tournaments.