National team stars to boost Inter -University Games
Posted Thursday, December 12 2013 at 14:28
KAMPALA- Volleyball teams taking part in the 15th edition of the National University Sports Federation of Uganda (Nusfu) Inter-University Games will be enhanced by players from the just concluded World Championship qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda.
Nkumba (gold medalists two years ago), Uganda Christian University (UCU), Kyambogo, Ndejje and Makerere universities will all have a player or two fresh from national duty.
Hosts UCU will rely on Nicholas Dheyongera, a diagonal player who has been playing for Uganda since 2011.
Dheyongera has also played semi-professional volleyball in Burundi, won the National Club Championship and League with KCCA in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
He will be joined by 21-year-old Ivan Bob Ongom, who made his international debut at the just concluded FIVB World Championship qualifiers in Kigali.
“Of course we come in with a bit of experience, but at the end of the day, volleyball is a team sport,” said Dheyongera.
“At UCU we believe in team work not individualism,” he added.
Makerere will be boosted by setter Smith Okumu and Libero Emma Elanyu. The two are not only national team players but have also been influential for their clubs.
Okumu guided Nemostars to 11 finals in the 2013 season, winning eight of those, while Elanyu’s defensive game has taken KAVC far althopugh they have played second fiddle to Nemostars all season.
For Nkumba, John Bosco Opendi and Dickens Otim will be eyeing the university’s fifth straight gold medal. It might also be the last for Otim.
Centre blocker Savior Atama and attacker-receiver Emma Kato will lead the Kyambogo and Ndejje sides respectively.
Power attacker Tom Paul Amou would have loved to take on the court but the age factor won’t allow him.
Instead the 30-year old will coach Bishop Stuart University from Mbarara. Teams reports at UCU onSunday and action begins on Monday.