Volleyball: Clash of Titans As Nemostars, Sport-S Meet

Saturday, October 1
•Tigers Vs Sky
•OBB Vs Sky
•Nemostars Vs Sport-S

Probably one of the most anticipated rivalry clash in the National Volleyball League, Sport-S and Nemostars will face off on Saturday evening, an affair likely to draw the fans back into the Old Kampala Arena.

With both sides tied at three points, Sport-S are yet to lose a league game this season and their 3-0 victory against OBB on day one gives them am advantage over Nemostars who have lost a game (to Ndejje Sharks), and also survived a negative result against KCCA by a whisker.

Nemostars rode on an experienced-luck to win last weekend against KCCA and given their target to rebuild a stronger team to replace the old guards, the Kololo side could have a bloody nose in their next fixture.

Moses Odeke could be seen starting ahead of senior setter Smith Okumu who could be eyeing retirement, the former having put on a better show as they played KCCA.

Nemo still have the most lethal center players in Bernard Malinga and Fahad Zungu who will always find a way to break for their side and Head Coach Andrew Okapis is one with a “try and error” character so new signs Umbeto Tony and Deo Anguria could have more play time in this fixture.

Youngster Michael Magnon Maguoung could be the best piece to ever happen at the Nsambya camp in recent times and he will be a player to pull the attention, following his successful debut for the club as they pounced on OBB in their league opener.

Team Captain Dickens Otim has not been a constant in the team’s work outs and he also missed out on the Ndejje Open final last weekend but Sport-S have a balanced attack in Johnson Rukundo (though not reliable as he just returned from an injury) middle blocker Emmanuel Okia and receive attacker Magembo.

Tigers vs Sky VC

On entry to the league, Tigers and Sky VC lost their first matches 3-0 to KAVC and UCU doves but later picked a set each from their game two fixtures after upsetting UCU doves and Ndejje Sharks respectively, implying a steady progress though not a desirable one.

Placed in the bottom third of the table, both teams will seek maximum points from this game week if they are to advance to the next third placements on the log.

The two met head on last season in the serie B finals and after a dominant display from Sky VC, Tigers lost the final to enter top flight as second best.

Last weekend, Tigers played without their Captain Aziz Abdallah who they say was unfit then and his return this weekend is still skeptical despite being part of the training.

Sky VC are currently building momentum to ride along without a Head Coach for the remaining part of the season but can rely on a number of experienced individuals on the team to pull-up their performance.

Sky’s offense that includes wing attacker Brighton Kananura, opposite Aaron Wanjala and middle blocker Ezra Luswata has not put up their best performance so far, and Tigers will be the best opponent to drain their frustration on.

OBB vs KCCA

This happens to be the game that will launch Luke Ettit’s stint at the OBB wheel and how lucky is he to play against his former bosses Kampala Capital City Authority.

Ettit replaced Lawrence Yakan at the Shukran Camp and given the latter’s short lived success, Luke should be under pressure to impress from the word go as some of the Iganga fans still have a soft spot for Yakan.

KCCA launched their campaign not long ago with a narrow loss to record champions Nemostars at the Arena last weekend but managed to secure a point to take home from a two-all draw that was broken with a decider.

OBB lost 3-0 to Sport-S but one would give them a benefit of doubt as they had fellow players Rajab Kimera and Ivan Ongom on their touchline which is not the case this time round.

KCCA will look at opposite hitter Barack Rugira who had an impressive display against Nemostars over the weekend.

Barack could be a volcano waiting to errupt as he is one of last season’s underrated players who have opened up their accounts with surprising come backs.

OBB are yet to comfirm their constant starting line up for the new season with additions of Jonathan Tumukunde and Brian Atuhaire on their offense.

Ivan Ongom has not appeared on court and setter John Bosco Opendi has been on and off for the orange camp but this being a much needed win, the two are a should-have on the squad.

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