Zone 5 Group Q Qualifier Match 5:

Friday, 18th October 2013

Uganda Vs Kenya (9:30 pm)

MTN Arena, Lugogo, Kampala.

Each time the two friendly neighboring nations – Uganda and Kenya confront each other on the sporting front, the battle of Migingo, an Island shared by the two East African Countries off Lake Victoria comes into focus.

Once again, on Friday evening as the two countries meet for the available 2 slots from Zone 5 to compete in the World Women Championships’ last stage of qualifiers, the major topic of discussion shall include the yet to be resolved Migingo issues, and the best temporary answer as per now would be given at the MTN Indoor Arena as the two nations face off in the FIVB Zone 5 World Championship Group Q women qualifier.

Both countries will enter the arena with their heads up given the fact that they registered winning starts on the opening day of the 3 day’s tourney.

8 time African Champions, Kenya gritted their teeth to overcome Egypt 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 17-25, 25-15 and 15-13) having been forced to equalize set 4 and force a decisive one, which the North African ladies still led by half time 8-7 while Uganda completely dominated the proceedings against an inexperienced Tanzanian outfit with a 3-0 whitewash (25-20, 25-20 and 30-28).

Coaches, David Lungaho (Kenya) and his opposite number, Tonny Lakony have different thoughts about the game widely expected to be a cracker. “Being at home, i will say we have a slight edge physiologically but the game is played on the courts”, Lakony spoke to Kawowo Sports shortly after the Tanzanian massacre.

Lungah’o admitted his charges had a torrid time against Egypt, some thing they will adjust to within a record time. “First games in the tournaments are not easy ones, but by the time, we enter the courts against Uganda, we shall have stabilized”, he added.

“Kenya has the favorites’ tag , but that is just a name. They struggled to match the Egyptians for long spells of the game, I believe Uganda will succeed with the home advantage”, reasons Kapeka, an ardent Volleyball fan in Uganda.

For now, lets keep the fingers crossed and see who triumphs at yet another Migingo Battle.

Team Squads:

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.

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

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

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