Volleyball: OBB, Nemostars Renew Acquaintances

Saturday, October 15
•Women: ESPOIR Vs KAVC, 10am
•Men: Tigers Vs KCCA, 12pm
•Men: OBB vs Nemostars, 4 pm

Defending champions Orange Block Busters cross the Nile Bridge on Saturday for this titanic clash with Nemostars, a repeat of last season’s National Volleyball League final.

Following a not-so-convincing 3-2 victory over Kampala Capital City Authority in their second League game, at the beginning of the month -October, OBB will be hoping to snatch maximum points against their new rivals.

The win put Luke Eittit’s charges back on course, coming after their 3-0 defeat to Sport-S on match-day one.

Middle blocker Okare Nathan Eduru and wing attacker Jonathan Tumukunde limped off the rubber one after the other, as OBB grasped for breath against KCCA, the last time the Orange camp made a trip to the Arena.

As they lack the usefulness of a versatile hitter in Ivan Ongom, OBB is still engineering through formulas, to find a perfect one that will comfortably win matches for them.

Eittit will hope his side can be a firecracker as they head into this clash because an inconsistent performance in such a competitive league will see them bumped from their throne.

OBB presently trail serie A rookies Sky VC by one set, but with Sky playing a tough weekend match against KAVC at the Arena, three points for OBB against Nemo could see them close to the fifth position.

A win for Nemostars holds the exact impact as they also could be seen seizing the fifth spot or even much better, the fourth position, should they pick all three points this weekend, and both Sky VC and Ndejje Sharks lose their fixtures. Ndejje will be facing Nkumba on Sunday.

Appearing from an embarrassing loss in straight sets to Sport-S, Nemostars did not show up well in the Capital derby, to jeopardize the Blacks’ pursuit for the league title.

Andrew Okapis’ men fell back in all three sets, failing to make it past 20 points in each of the sets, a result un-fit to describe the known Giants.

George Aporu was not available for the derby but has for a while now been the center of attention despite his return this weekend to the Nemostars’ half still being speculated.

The opposite attacker was sharp as Nemostars claimed a hard-fought win against Kampala Capital City Authority, for their first celebration of the new season.

Nemostars have now won one match and lost one at the Old Kampala Arena, and they have secured five sets, losing eight, in their last two matches, which is a huge deficit and a rough start for a title challenger, that is restructuring.

The Kololo outfit will want to turn this trend around in Saturday’s fixture surely, but OBB’s Luke Eittit will as well want to extend his perfect start at his new home, the Shukran Camp.

OBB and Nemostars were last season’s league finalists and their duel ended in a 2-1 OBB victory, from the best of three series as the Eastern Giants lifted the Serie A league title on their first time asking.

For this weekend’s OBB – Nemostars match, a positive result for the Nemos would seem like a reasonable prediction since they won’t have to lockout their own Jonathan Tumukunde, who is on injury and will miss out on proving allegiance to his new bosses against his former masters.

Bonded at three points each, both teams will enter this match with leveled-up energies, wielding extremely dubious beginnings to the season and intentions to swing back on track at the cost of each other’s survival.

On Saturday still, debutants -Tigers- take on KCCA, Sky VC play Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club, while on Sunday, Nkumba will put up against the Ndejje Sharks in a derby, as Sport-S play host to Mukono’s Uganda Christian University, to wind down the weekend at the Old Kampala Arena.



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