The volleyball fraternity has given new president Hadija Namanda kudos on her new appointees to the Uganda Volleyball Federation (UVF) board.
Namanda, who has promised to restore sanity under her campaign moto of ‘Solidarity, Grassroots Development, Good Governance and Rebranding of the Sport’, unveiled full board that will manage volleyball for the next four years, last Friday.
The largely youthful team of leaders has Mofaht Masaba as the only veteran who has retained his office as the beach volleyball commissioner.
Former UVF treasurer Jeff Lwalanda, VVC owner Hannington Nsubuga, former UVF vice president Godwin Ssenyondo and Joseph Ssempiira who contested for first vice president and lost among others all praised Namanda for what they call a balanced leadership for the federation board.
“People on the board are not so much driven by (club) sentiments and some of them are new. I’m sure she will try to be transparent with sponsorship of the league and lead without leaning on anyone. Otherwise I have a lot of expectations from the new board” Lwalanda said.
“The choices are very okay especially that of the technical director Johnson Kawenyera. Head of schools commission Nicholas Obeke is also okay. He has done a tremendous job in the schools and hopefully he can put up a team to grow his agenda to benefit the game. I just wish them the best” Ssempiira said.
“I consulted and we tried to get a board that will work with the fraternity to see that we selflessly serve the sport we love with dedication and keep the ball flying. The outgoing executive and commissions are willing to support the incoming” Namanda said.
Despite a few hitches that saw Obeke face criticism from the fraternity for beating up Kyambogo volleyball team players for indiscipline in Mbarara, Namanda said he was named on the board because of his dedicated service to volleyball.
President: Hadija Namanda
First VP and Head Media: I. Bagaga
Second VP: P. Ahumuza
Gen. Secretary: C. Engwenyu
Treasurer: A. Mugisha
Technical Director: J. Kawenyera
Head of School Volleyball: N. Obeke
Head of Mass Volleyball: G. Aporu
Head of Medical: R. Mawanda
Head of Sports Organising: D. Nsereko
Head of Beach Volleyball: M. Masaba
Head of Referees: I. Komakech
Club Representative: A.Okapis
District Representative: P. Okore
District West: I. Bigira
Athletes’ representatives: M. Nakamanya & K. Wakabi