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Malinga is a star in the making - Yakan

By Swalley Kenyi

Added 19th June 2016 11:13 PM

Nemostars won the first set before Sky VC pulled back

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Sky players celebrate wining the Dr. Aporu International tournament. Photo by Johnson Were

Nemostars won the first set before Sky VC pulled back

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Sky Volleyball Club stand-in coach Lawrence Yakan believes Aporu Okol Memorial Championship men's MVP Kathbert Malinga is a talent and if well-groomed can join him in the professional ranks.

Yakan, who plays professionally in the Japanese League was speaking after guiding Sky VC to a 3-2 win in the repeat final of the annual championship at MUBS grounds on Sunday.

"Uganda has very many good players like Malinga, George Aporu (Nemostars) among others. The players can be good but we need ensure they have good facilities," Yakan said after guiding Sky VC to the championship trophy.

The final had failed to end a week earlier in Kumi when night fell with Nemostars and Sky VC tied at 2-2 forcing it to be postponed to Sunday.

Nemostars won the first set before Sky VC pulled back. The two sides once again tied at 2-2 but Yakan's decision to bring on board two second choice players fooled Nemostars who literally relaxed as Sky VC's Malinga, Emma Kato and Nicholas Dheyongera pounded away.

Sky VC recovered from 8-10 to lead the decisive set 11-10 and effectively win it 15-12.

"In the decisive set, we also served George (Aporu) and so he didn't have the opportunity to attack us. This way we got Nemostars panicking and so they dropped their guard," Yakan said after picking the trophy.

Sport-S won the women's final beating VVC in Kumi last Sunday.

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