Nkumba set for African championship after triumph over Ndejje

By Derrick Wadria

KCB-NUVC ladies were crowned champions after humbling their rivals Ndejje in three straight sets in the final.

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National Volleyball Club Championships

Finals

Men

UCU 3 Nkumba 2

(25-17, 28-26, 25 19, 25-21, 15-13)

Women

KCB-Nkumba 3 Ndejje 0

(25-17, 25-19, 25-21)

LIRA - Nkumba University Volleyball Club (NUVC)women’s team KCB-NUVC ladies have continued their perfect run following their recent performance in the volleyball National Club Championships that were held in Lira over the weekend.

KCB-NUVC ladies were crowned champions after humbling their rivals Ndejje in three straight sets in the final which has earned them a ticket to the Africa Club Championships next year in Tunisia.

They are five-time champions and have now won the championship back to back defeating the Luwero girls in both final meetings.

The Entebbe based side is proving to be a hot property having already won three major tournaments in East Africa. They are this year’s Genocide Memorial Volleyball open champions, NSSF KAVC and NCC champions.

KCB-NUVC haS for the past one year strengthened its squad which has seen it challenge other big teams like UCU, Ndejje, KCCA, VVC and Sport-S.

MVP of the tournament Grace Akiror, best setter Doreen Akiteng and best blocker Saidat Nnungi have continuously played a major role in the clubs triumph.

However, it was a mixed emotion day for NUVC as their men failed to book a ticket as well for the Africa Club Championships after they lost to UCU who were defending the title for their second time.

 

 kumba men volleyball team in action with  at the just concluded club championships in ira hoto by errick adria Nkumba men volleyball team in action with KAVC at the just concluded club championships in Lira. Photo by Derrick Wadria
 
Nkumba Navy last featured in the NCC final in 2015; they have three NCC trophies and one league trophy.

After Kathbert Malinga who is undoubtedly one of the best attackers in the country left the team in 2015, they have been in a crisis but have built the team young fresh boys.

Umar Hangi (attacker), Husein Odome (setter) and Jowas Akankwatsa (libero) are the three new players that join Nkumba this year and were vital in leading the team to the final.

The new players beefed up with Brian Atuheire who won the MVP accolade of the tournament and Ronald Odyek who were the team’s main players last year.

Nemo stars, KCCA, Sport-S, VVC, and KAVC dominated the sport in the early ’90s however, with the involvement of Nkumba, Ndejje and UCU in the sport, these clubs have been overshadowed by the young talents.

Two male and female teams are expected to represent Uganda at the 2020 Africa Club Championships in Tunisia and the last pair of teams to join UCU and KCB-NUVC will be the volleyball league champions.