National Volleyball League: Nkumba Brace for Sport-S and UCU

Saturday

Men – Sport-S vs Nkumba Navy 2 pm

Ndejje vs KCCA at 4 pm

Women – KCB-NKUMBA vs VVC 10 am

Sunday

Men – Nkumba Navy vs UCU Doves 10 am

Sky VC vs Nemostars at 2 pm

OBB vs KAVC at 4 pm

Sport-S vs Nkumba Navy


They are yet to secure a point from the start of the season, they are currently bottom of the table, and they face another tough weekend playing two of the best sides on the land, Sport-S on Saturday afternoon, and UCU on Sunday morning. They are called Nkumba Navy.

The Navies had a relatively quiet and regular time last season but will still need more time to settle into the new season after falling terribly to Ndejje and KAVC.

Sport-S are the in-form side in the League with four straight wins including 3-0 triumphs in their fixtures against Nemostars and OBB, besides whipping UCU in their last outing.

Uganda Christian University, on the other hand, has been bullied twice this season by KAVC and Sport-S but has somehow managed to keep itself in the top three with three wins to count.

Nkumba has played two games so far which have turned out to be disasters and it couldn’t get any worse than matching them up against UCU and Sport-S on the same day, a fixture which was later revised to separate the games.

The Navies’ acting-Coach Hangi Umar recognizes the rocky road that the team is currently navigating but still holds high expectations of his boys.

“We expect to have a very big challenge since almost all the players on the team are new and are still getting used to the new environment and playing alongside each other. We shall give in our best and above all, we are positive ahead of the challenge.”

Presently in a dilemma, the team will play without four of their senior players like outside hitter Isaac Otto who is away for the fufa drum competition ( football), opposite Owani Robinson (sick), their main setter Besiga Jesher and receive attacker Arnold Mickelson will also miss the fixtures.

However, Hangi is still confident that the available players will put up a good form against the two giants they face this weekend.

“The available boys are in good shape and ready to face the next challenge ahead of them. They have had enough training and we hope for the best,” Hangi said.

Sport-S Manager Benon Mugisha will again have to choose between the impressive Thon Makar and sensational Michael Mangon to lead the offense, with the former delivering fully in the last two games and the latter being a crowd-puller with a result to show.

The blacks have won with ease their past three meetings against Nkumba, with their most recent win over the Navies (3-0) coming mid-year at the Nkumba Open.

Sport-S has not met any threat on their way to the top and is yet to fully utilize their Captain Dickens Otim who for the past games has come off the bench, with no impact on the wins.

Ndejje Sharks v Kampala Capital City Authority

According to the fixture, KCCA will be “guests” in their city as they play Ndejje, who leave the Arena of Visions in Luwero to set up at the Old Kampala Arena on Saturday evening.

The Sharks return from a confident win over Nkumba last weekend and are fourth on the log with eight points from four games.

KCCA have lost two of their games this season but interesting about the losses is that they have managed to register a point from each of them, after forcing a tiebreaker, which shows how exciting and intense their fixtures turn out to be.

They are eighth after losing last weekend to serie A debutants Tigers in a five-set struggle and will want to fix their bruised ego with a win against Ndejje Sharks.

A win for Ndejje will see them temporarily placed two points ahead of UCU who will be waiting for Nkumba on the other side of the wave, to reclaim the third spot.

“We have been preparing for that game and we badly need to get the 3 points to be in a safer zone.” Sharks Captain Ronald Kitosi.

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