Thursday May 1 2014

Nemostars make easy prey of Nkumba

Nemostars’ Smith Okumu (2) sets up Fahad Zungu

Nemostars’ Smith Okumu (2) sets up Fahad Zungu for a spike during game between Nemostars and Nkumba. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA 



Nemostars exposed Nkumba in not one but various ways in the duo’s NSSF Volleyball League encounter played on Wednesday night in Lugogo.
The defending champions needed one hour and six minutes to defeat the 2011 winners in straight sets.

“We take every opponent of ours serious, so we prepared for Nkumba just like all the teams in the league,” said Nemostars’ Tom Paul Amou.
“It’s our best game of the season so far, our attack, reception, cover and block were all spot on today (Wednesday),” he added.

Instead of starting with experienced setter Tony Lakony, Nkumba went with utility player John Opejo and he never came to the fore as Nemostars rallied to a 6-0 lead in the first set.

Nkumba had a lot of lapses with their reception and their poor attack execution and court cover made Nemostars comfortable, not to mention the Indolent net defense.

In just 19 minutes Nemostars took the first set 25-14.
Nkumba introduced Lakony who was supposed to bring new life to the side but he was let down with lethargic reception though Nemostars’ net defense was spot on especially when it came to stopping Kathbart Malinga.

And despite making the point gap between the two sides decent, Nemostars eventually broke away from 18-15 to win the second 25-18.
Nkumba lost captain Nepo Mohamed after the power attacker twisted his left ankle as they lost the third 25-20.

“They are such a fit side and have had enough games, to boost their match fitness, you can’t say the same about us,” said Nepo.