Wednesday February 5 2014

Tour to Netherlands a success - Lakony


KAMPALA- With a volleyball World Championship slot on the line, Uganda decided to camp in Holland ahead of the final qualification phase in Kenya later this month.

And two weeks of intensive training in Groningen was the perfect preparation for the side, according to head coach Tony Lakony.

“It was a successful trip,” Lakony told Daily Monitor on arrival at Entebbe Airport in the wee hours on Tuesday morning. “We did technical and tactical training not to mention team bonding together with competition fitness.
“Especially if you put into consideration that some of these players are going to play volleyball for a very long time,” he added.

Uganda played a total of seven games, winning four of them.
Lakony says some strides were made by the team and weaknesses were also observed by the coaches. “They (women) are now much stronger. They jump faster and higher,” said Lakony.

“But they are not stable on the ball, like the other teams that we are going to play in Nairobi.

“We have to consolidate our system of play, make sure we reduce the unforced errors especially on defence and ball management,” he added.

Uganda will play against Kenya, Seychelles, Tunisia, Senegal, Mozambique and Cape Verde for a World Championship ticket. The Nairobi event is scheduled for February 16 to 23.