KAMPALA. Nemostars are supposed to represent Uganda at the March 21-April 2 African Volleyball Club Championship in Cairo, Egypt but the current state of the country has forced the side to lag behind in those preparations.
Despite confirming with Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) that they will take part in the games, Nemostars must raise $28,000 (about Shs102m) in the next three weeks to achieve the feat for the fourth straight year.
“The current situation of the country has also not done us any justice; all the people we have been courting have put us on hold because of elections,” Andrew Okapis told Daily Monitor.
“So at the moment, all we can do is be patient, wait and hope that everything works out for us because everything we want to do has to be done with funds,” he added.
On court though, it has been business as usual. Vigorous training has been the order of the day until players were given a break to take part in voting.
“I can say the team has been taking shape - the fitness levels of at least the mainstays in the team has been promising,” Okapis noted.
“But people had to break off, the captain (George Aporu) is off to Kumi for voting, some of our new players like Kim Katabazi also traveled to Mbarara.”
“Otherwise I must say the team is on the right path when it comes to fine tuning ourselves and come Monday, we will resume normal operations.”
“And to make sure we prepare a strong side this time round, let the players concentrate on training, and leave administrative issues to the people concerned,” Okapis added.
Nemostars will travel to Kenya next week to play various buildup matches in preparation for the continental games and the 2016 season volleyball calendar season.