Thursday February 25 2016

Change of Club Championships venue hits VVC hard

By Clive Kyazze

KAMPALA. Tunisia was yesterday confirmed as host for the 26th edition of the African Women Volleyball Club Championship slated for April 20-May 1, leaving Ugandan representatives at the event, Vision Volleyball Camp (VVC), in panic.
VVC have been preparing to carry Uganda’s flag at the event earlier scheduled for Nairobi, Kenya.

The neighbours, however, recently pulled out of hosting the continental championship citing financial constraints. Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) president Waithaka Kion said the country could not pull off the showpiece if more than 12 clubs confirmed participation.
“We have emailed the continental volleyball governing body CAVB stating that we are unable to host,” Kion told journalists last weekend.

The switch means VVC will need to raise more money to travel to Tunisia. “Now all plans have to change especially when it comes to transport and accommodation,” VVC coach Hannington Nsubuga said yesterday.
“Continental representation is always our primary target as a club. We can’t deny the players a chance to play at the biggest platform on the continent when they earned it,” he added.
The change of venue has, however, not deterred VVC. “Preparations are in high gear. We started with the physical bit; running and gym work, now we have started team coordination and ball work,” Nsubuga offered.
VVC finished seventh in their maiden appearance last year in Egypt. That display was the best finish by any Ugandan club (both men and women).
Meanwhile the other Ugandan side that qualified for this year’s competition, Ndejje Elites, are yet to confirm their participation.