Ndejje Elites had a dreamlike initiation into 2017 but by the end of the year, their quick fire start seemed like a distant memory.
Ndejje beat four time holders Vision Volleyball Camp (VVC) 3-2 in the finals of the fifth Joan Cox Memorial tournament in Gayaza last February.
The 2016 league champions then capped the first quarter of the year with a seventh place finish in the Africa Club Championships in Tunisia, at a tournament that attracted 18 teams from all over the continent.
After that, it was disappointment after disappointment as the year ended with failure to make it to the national league playoffs and a loss to Nkumba in the University Games in December.
“Last year, we were preparing for Tunusia so we were determined to go on a high,” coach Alex Mugoda told SCORE as he promised his side will bounce back at the sixth edition of the Joan Cox Memorial due this weekend at Gayaza High School. The tournament will also include table tennis and lawn tennis games.
“We are still interested in winning trophies but this time the reasons are different. We want to show we are still the better side and that we would have won the league had there been no syndicate to eliminate us ahead of the playoffs,” Mugoda added. Ndejje’s league campaign ended in controversy as they were accused of forfeiting a game against Mbarara University.
Sport-S, who were third also allegedly forfeited a game against VVC, giving UCU the chance to finish fourth and take the final playoff place at Ndejje’s expense.
“The university was not operating at the time so we reached about five minutes late for our game but the walkover had been given. We entirely blame whatever happened on poor organization from the volleyball federation,” Mugoda explained.
There should be no blame games this weekend as they come up against continent-bound Nkumba and VVC.