Uganda relaxed ahead of Kenyan tough task
Posted Friday, October 18 2013 at 01:00
As recent as July, Kenya eased past Uganda in straight sets at the zonal qualifiers in Nairobi three months ago.
On paper, this is a David versus Goliath contest. Kenya are simply too good for Uganda.
They are African champions while Uganda has not graced a continental championship since 2007. When the two sides meet in the women’s Federation of International Volleyball World Championship Group Q qualifiers at Lugogo tonight, many will be expecting one result - victory for Kenya.
And knowing Kenya’s prowess, the Ugandan team have promised to approach the game in a relaxed mood. “Everyone is waiting to see the kind of battering Kenya is going to take us through,” Uganda’s setter Eunice Nuwabigaba said yesterday. “But we are just going to play to our abilities. We hope our best will be good enough,” she added.
As recent as July, Kenya eased past Uganda in straight sets at the zonal qualifiers in Nairobi three months ago. And Ugandan vice-captian Christine Alupo believes that the 25-15, 25-22, and 25-16 battering was a lesson that could shape her team’s strategy in tonight’s encounter.
“We won’t be the same side they faced in Nairobi,” said Alupo. “We made a lot of mistakes then which we have corrected. We hope to have a better game.” With Mercy Moim, the continent’s reigning most valuable player, and the Makuto sisters (Evelyn and Violet), Kenya can easily dispatch any African team. “They boast of continental superstars but that doesn’t shake us. Instead, it makes us stronger,” Uganda’s aggressive libero Flavia Nandawula noted.
Nandawula is the best defender in the Ugandan league and her credentials have been noticed by the Kenyan camp. “She has a big heart,” Kenya’s star Moim said of Nandawula. The hard-hitting Miom also believes Uganda deserve respect. “They (Uganda) are not at this stage by mistake. We will approach them like any other team.” Uganda faced Tanzania last night in a game they were expected to win. Another victory will see them through to the final round of the qualifiers.