“The abrupt postponement of the championship in Kenya (and shift) to Tunisia caused a big difference in the budget."
KAMPALA - Vision Volleyball Camp (VVC) have withdrawn from the 2016 Africa Volleyball Club Championship after Kenya lost the bid to host the competition to Tunisia for lack of a second standard venue as required by the Confederation of Africa Volleyball.
In a letter signed by the club owner and CEO Hannington Nsubuga, the club explained that their decision was prompted by the abrupt shift of the venue from neighbouring Kenya to the North African nation of Tunisia.
VVC were due to represent Uganda at the annual event alongside Ndejje Elites women, due to fly out on Thursday as starting on May 1, but announced their withdrawal Monday afternoon.
According to Nsubuga, VVC that had paid for tournament requirements to CAVB, could not raise a total of $35,000 (sh117m) to make the trip.
"The abrupt postponement of the championship in Kenya (and shift) to Tunisia caused a big difference in the budget and this heavily affected the planning process. The administration of the club tried all it could to raise the required $35,000 in vain," Nsubuga said.
"We want to inform all our players, fans, media and all concerned that Vision Volleyball Camp will not be able to represent Uganda in this prestigious event due to financial constraint," he added.
Despite the financial difficulty, VVC did not seem to be able to assemble a formidable team for the challenge at the Africa Volleyball Club Championships.
While new signing Jackie Achieng and senior receiver-attacker Prossy Alobo were already ruled out of the trip because of work duties, middle blockers Zaina Kagoya, Joan Nabuuto and Dorcus Nyandiro are sick.
Setter Shamim Makongoro has also been inconsistent.