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Uganda secures World Championship slot

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By CLIVE KYAZZE

Posted  Thursday, May 29  2014 at  21:48
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KAMPALA.
Even before Faith Magole and Jackline Kwikiriza serve a ball at the U-19 World Beach Volleyball Qualifiers, Uganda is guaranteed of a slot at the finals in Portugal this June.

This is after three ladies teams (Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda) turned up for the qualifiers that serve off today at Lido Beach Entebbe.
With three slots up for grabs, all three nations are now assured of making it to Portugal and will only play for rankings.

“It’s a very big milestone for beach volleyball if you asked me,” said Beach Volleyball head Mofaht Masaba.

“It rhymes with our goal of developing the sports from the junior level, and it gives us a good start to develop the sport” Masaba added.
Magole and Kwikiriza’s only experience with beach volleyball has been the training for the last two months; today they get to taste the real competition.

“Yeah it’s our first time, but trust me we won’t be a disgrace because of the training we have been able to go through,” said Magole.
“Coach Meya (Sam) has taken us through a lot of details, practical and theoretical,” she added.

Unlike the ladies, the men’s national team, Kathberth malinga and Erias Isiagi will vie for a World Championship ticket with Kenya, Namibia, Egypt and Rwanda for the top three slots.

The World Championship is the biggest stage any beach volleyball pair in Uganda will ever play at; though in the past Uganda has played at various competitions.

Emma Kato and Richard Tamale played at the 2011All Africa Games in Maputo Mozambique.

The same year Josephine Nammanda and Alice Gitta played at the 2012 London Olympics test event, then just last year Ambrose Otwao and Dickens Otim played at the World Islamic Solidarity Games in Indonesia.

BIGGEST EVENT
The World Championship is the biggest stage any beach volleyball pair in Uganda will ever play at; though in the past Uganda has played at various competitions.