Wednesday February 7 2018

Volleyball: Nemostars plot to improve continental ranking but require Shs102m

Nagayi making her plea. PHOTO BY I. KEZAALA

Nagayi making her plea. PHOTO BY I. KEZAALA 

By Makhtum Muziransa


Nemostars will return to the Maghreb for the men’s Africa Volleyball Club Championships with the hope of improving on their 11th position ranking earned last year in Tunisia.
The 37th edition will run from March 27 to April 5 in Cairo, Egypt and Nemo need $29,080 (about Shs102m) for their 18-man contingent.
“We have been performing at our best nationally but not on the international stage,” manager Safina Nagayi, said at a press briefing held yesterday at City Royal Hotel, Bugolobi where they also unveiled new players.
Nemo have won four national leagues since 2012 and the National Championship in 2014 that have translated into five continental appearances.
But going forward, participation alone cannot be enough.
As Uganda Volleyball Federation president Hadijah Namanda noted, Nemostars is one side among the other four local representatives (KAVC men, VVC and Nkumba women) that the country can count on.
“Nemo have always managed to participate and improve their ranking. Therefore everyone who loves volleyball must chip in to help them travel,” Namanda said in a rallying cry to government, corporate companies and other sports bodies.
The league champions have also set four action points to help them make the dream of breaking into Africa’s top eight come true.
“We have decided to recruit a number of younger players to bolster the squad and we shall also take acquisition of equipment seriously,” Nagayi shared.
With more than half of the squad engaged in other activities to earn the daily bread, the club has embarked on also redeveloping their training ground at East Kololo to enable late night practice including installing lights.
Nemostars will also embark on a trip to Bungoma, Western Kenya, over the weekend in search of better preparation games for the players.