THE Zambia Volleyball Association has selected two senior teams to represent the country in world championship qualifiers starting in Malawi next month.
ZAVA president Charles Hambote said the men and women's teams would start preparing for the qualifiers next weekend.
Hambote said the players picked had no international exposure but was confident they would make it to the next round of qualifiers.
"It's two young teams that need a lot of exposure. We are really not expecting them to give us good results immediately," Hambote said. "At the moment it is just about giving them the exposure to play at international level. We don't want to put pressure on them; they have a lot to learn but we will definitely go through to the next round of the qualifiers."
The first round of the qualifiers for Zone Six countries will run from May 12 to 18 and Zambia is in Group A together with hosts Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Angola.
Group B has South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.
The top three teams in each group will progress to the second stage which Zambia will host in September to pick two teams to go to the Africa Championship which will be used as the final round of qualifiers.
Two African countries will qualify to the world championships.
Men's team Bernard Mambonge, Kunda Kalonga, Ephraim Lubala, Mwandu Chindima, Augustine Mutiti, Philip Lundofu, Mwete Chandaula, Stephen Ikabungo (all Nkwazi Volleyball Club), Arthur Mwela, Leonard Chibale, Kelvin Chibale (all Green Buffaloes), Chilala Bbalo, Peter Kombaniya, Kaluba Chibwe, Paul Mwale, Mwanachingwala Cheelo, Mutale Bwalya (all City of Lusaka), Chanda Kangwa, Bwalya Matipa and Morgan Chibwe (all Green Eagles).
Women's team
Chimwemwe Phiri, Yvette Phiri, Cleopatra Hantumba, Beatrice Mwape, Mercy Kasongo (all Green Buffaloes), Martha Mwami, Rebecca Moonga, Greenes Velemu (Nkwazi), Pamela Mukendwa, Misozi Ngoma, Merab Chisense and Tilabilenje Mvunga (all Kamwala Magic).