Lawrence Yakan has won what is there to win in his volleyball journey, which has made him hungrier each passing successful tournament. A born Ugandan but now a naturalized Rwandan, Yakan will feature for Sky at this weekend’s Dr Aporu-Akol Memorial Volleyball Tournament.
“I enjoy playing in Aporu Akol,” yakan said. “It is one the biggest tournaments in Uganda, and l have many fans in Kumi (host district) who would want to know what l have been up to.”
Yakan guided Sport-S to the Aporu Akol tournament in 2010, the 28-year-old will be required to guide Sky past other contenders, Nemostars (defending champions), Nkumba Navy and KAVC this time round. “Winning is important, but it doesn’t matter who you play against,” Yakan added.
Last month Yakan guided his Algerian club Etoile Sportive Da Seti to their maiden Algerian National Championship. Etoile Sportive Da Seti beat 2013 Algerian representatives at the 32nd Confederation of African Volleyball Men’s Club Championship, Bourj Bou Arirrij 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-14, and 25-23). Yakan was also voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament to add to his many individual accolades.
Two weeks ago he failed to help APR to defend their Genocide Memorial Volleyball Tournament after they lost to Inatek 3-0.
NEMOSTARS TEAM TO WATCH
Nemostars have won three of the four open tournaments So far. Their only defeat this year coming at the hands of Sky in February. Sky then won their maiden and only silverware to date, the Kampala International University Volleyball tournament. “Sky is a good side,” Louis ‘Doc’ Mubangizi said. “But winning Aporu Akol is sweeter than any other tournament locally for Nemostars.”
Women defending champions Nkumba University will find resistance from inform, KAVC, KAVC Veterans, Ndejje Elites and Sport-S. The Tournament is in memory of Aporu-Akol (RIP).