Ndejje’s Kaidu shuns national team for club duty
Posted Friday, September 27 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- Uganda must negotiate the 2014 Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Group Q World Cup qualifier without setter Jesca Kaidu.
The Ndejje Elites star has refused to honour her invitation for the October 16-20 event and has not turned up for training since the team was summoned two weeks ago.
“She just refused to surface without giving anyone any reason,” confirmed head coach Tonny Lakony.
“I communicated with her and she didn’t get back to me.
“She left me no choice but to move on and plan without her.” Kaidu is the reigning Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) Female Volleyball Player of the Year and without a doubt the number one setter in the country.
“We have one setter in Ndejje and I was duty bound to train with her and my other teammates because we are chasing the playoffs,” explained the 23-year-old Kaidu.
“I wasn’t sure the coach would allow me to stay away for three weeks and that’s the reason I didn’t bother to explain myself.”
However, Kaidu’s teammates Saidat Nnungi, Christine Alupo and Maureen Mwamula are training three times every week with Lakony’s provisional squad. Kaidu’s absence leaves Lakony with one setting option in KAVC’s Eunice Nuwabigaba, who is yet to fully recover from an ankle injury she aggravated during the NSSF KAVC International in August.
“Nuwabigaba has been setting for eight months but she has already steered KAVC to two titles. I believe she will do a good job,” said Lakony.
TEAM IN TRAINING
Setter: Eunice Nuwabigaba (KAVC)
Attackers: Eunice Amuron, Astreede Agaaba (Both Nkumba), Prosy Alobo (KCCA)
Centers: Saidat Nnungi, Christine Alupo, Maureen Mwamula (all Ndejje), Betty Lakers (UCU),
Liberos: Flavia Nandawula (Nkumba), Shila Buyungo (KAVC),
Universal player: Farida Namajja (Nkumba)