Ndejje Open final: Sport-S Men Target UCU Scalp

Saturday, September 24
•Women: Ndejje Elites Vs Sport-S, 2pm
•Men: Sport-S Vs UCU Doves, 4pm

One of the much-awaited finals on the UVF calendar will take place at the Old Kampala Arena on Saturday afternoon, as reigning National Club Champions Sport-S takes on UCU Doves in the Ndejje Open Volleyball tournament.

UCU doves are second on the league table with six points to show from their opening three matches, while Sport S occupy fourth, having collected three points from their first league game of the 2022-23 season.

Not too much can be read into the league table at this stage of the season, but there is no question that UCU has made a confusing start, winning two of their three matches, and losing one to KAVC, to collect the six points, which has left them in a compromised situation heading into the next set of fixtures with all the other teams having a game in hand.

Sport S is actually on a campaign to reclaim the Uganda volleyball throne having overcome OBB in both the National Club Championship and the top flight season opener in less than a month.

Warren Muhangi’s side has only lost one final this year after they pulled out of the Aporu Tournament in Kumi, which saw UCU walk away victors of the tournament and have been impressive on their travels, winning three club championships in a row.

Sport S will be looking to send out a statement to the rest of the division this weekend, and the doves are seeking a revamp by winning a second Open title this year, after surviving relegation to the Serie B last season, thanks to Airforce who pulled out.

The Nsambya outfit has won their last two finals, including a 3-0 victory in the most recent National Club Championship against OBB, while UCU has not won their last two encounters against Sport S, all ending 3-0.

Sport S released centre-player Brian Atuhaire in the transfer window and brought on board Ndejje Sharks’ Emmanuel Okia, and have not shown any signs of a struggling team in all departments.

UCU as well saw the departure of middle blocker Marvin but also ushered in skippers Omara Mark from KAVC and opposite hitter Nespal Angiro, which has been a huge boost for the team.

UCU Coach Osunge will be hopeful of responding in the perfect style at the Arena on Saturday afternoon, but the fact that the Doves have lost their last two games against Sport S could be a factor, especially as the Nsambya side looks to be full of confidence under Warren Muhangi and Otim Dicken’s leadership.

“Every team that participated in that tournament had their targets, same to us. Our target still stands. That is to be the champions.” A confident Otim said in an interview.

“What happened in Kumi was just comedy to us. We have played UCU so far twice after Kumi. All ended 3:0.” He added.

Sport S will take on Nemostars when the League resumes in October before they face Ndejje Sharks and UCU once again, the following week.



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