Fri, 18th October 2013 Result:

Uganda 0 -3 Kenya (22-25, 22-25, 21-25)

Eight Time African champions, Kenya lived up to their expected billing and high rating on the African continent with a 3-0 victory over a hard fighting Uganda Lady Cranes Volleyball side at the MTN Arena in Kampala on Friday in the Zone 5 group Q International Volleyball Championships qualifiers.

The victory guarantees Kenya’s slot to the next round of qualifiers for the 2014 FIVB World Women Championships to be held in Canada.

The thrilling game played on a high tempo only lasted one hour and 6 minutes. It took just 25 minutes to cap the opening set which the visitors won 25-22, and the same time could be said of the following second set before a final 21-25 score in third set in 26 minutes.

Kenya’s front court of attackers, Evaline Makuto, Elisabeth Nafula and Jane Wacu (setter) dominated play as they fetched the points for the visitors in quick succession.

The lively partisan crowd in the Lugogo Stadium kept the tone up and their efforts were indeed appreciated as the body language and fighting mentality of the Ugandan players spoke volumes.

One player to single out on the Ugandan team is Flavia Nandawula who ensured there is efficient back court coverage and excellent ball reception. Nandawula and the rest of her teammates will have to produce a performance of a life time as Uganda plays Egypt in the last game of the three day campaign while Kenya will ensure they progress with a 100 percent record as they battle Tanzania.

Uganda head coach, Tonny Lakony believes team Uganda has all it takes to pull off a positive result and ensure qualification. “We have watched them (Egypt) play, and i believe we have what it takes to counter their play and gain qualification”, Lakony says of the do or die match that will kick off at 8 p.m on Saturday.

The good news for team Uganda could be the fitness problems of Egypt’s most dangerous player in Aya El Shamy. The power attacker, together with another front court teammate, Abd El Fatah Nahla suffered different strained ankles in their 3-0 humiliation of Tanzania on Friday. 

Head Coach Mohamed Hesham Badrawy says they will assess the fitness levels of the injured players in the mandatory morning training sessions for all the teams.

“The doctors will advise accordingly by morning”, Badrawy told Kawowo Sports. Tanzania trains at 9AM, Kenya (10AM), the Egyptians (11AM) while the host team will train at noon. The Saturday training sessions will be conducted at the main Indoor Arena at Lugogo.

Team Squads:

UGANDA:

Eunice Nuwabigaba, Veronica Nyiramugisha, Christine Alupo, Irene Adeke, Nnungi Saidat, Alobo Prossy, Eunice Amuroon, Agaba Astredde, Faridah Namajja, Mwamula Moureen, Shilla Buyungo, and Flavia Nandawula.

Team Manager: Mary Nannyondo

Assistant Coach: Burt Murting

Technical: Godwin Ssenyondo

Head Coach: Tonny Peter Lakony

KENYA:

Jane Wacu, Evaline Makuto, Esther Wangeci, Diana Khisa, Ruth Jepngetich, Janet Wanja, Vilet Makuto, Elisabeth Nafula, Mercy Moim, Brackcades, Galidencia Makokha, and Diana Biama

Coach:David Lungah’o

All FIVB Zone 5, Group Q Qualifier Results:

Opening Day (Thurs, 17th Oct):

Kenya 3-2 Egypt (25-16, 21-25, 17-25, 25-15, 15-13)
Uganda 3-0 Tanzania (25-20, 25-20, 30-28)

Day Two (Fri, 18th Oct):

Egypt 3 -0 Tanzania (25-10, 25-16, 25-24)

Uganda 0 -3 Kenya (22-25, 22-25, 21-25)

Remaining Fixtures:

Day Three (Sat, 19th Oct):

1st Game: Tanzania Vs Kenya (4PM)

2nd Game: Uganda Vs Egypt (8PM

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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