African Volleyball Confederation Men’s Clubs Championship:

Sousse, Tunisia (5th – 17th March, 2015)

 KAVC, Nemostars require at least U.shs 213million in total if they are brighten their chances of participating in the upcoming continental club’s championship.

The reigning national league Champions Kampala Amatuer Volleyball Club (KAVC) and national championship winners, Nemostars will represent Uganda at the March 2015 African Volleyball Confederation Men’s Clubs Championship in North Africa.

Perhaps, the two teams require at least $74,000 (shs 213,268,000).

The money is meant for the players and officials’ registration, Air tickets and accommodation fees for each delegation.

Nemostars Patron, Neko Muduse-Ojala, as quoted by a Uganda Volleyball Media commission correspondent explains;

For a delegation of 18 people, the cost comes to about $37,000 without player allowances

The quest to look for the financial resources for the two teams is in high gear with several options being sought from sponsors, companies, individuals and the National Council of Sports.

KAVC Captain, Martin Kalema and his teammates will pray that their management finds the resources in a record time if they are to participate at the CAVB Club Championships in Tunisia

By virtue of having clinched the NSSF Volleyball National Volleyball league, KAVC is assured of a meager $1000 (U.shs 2,700,000) leaving a big deficit of over 98 percent.

Registration Deadline:

The two Ugandan clubs have atleast a full month to confirm participation in the event since the Volleyball continental governing body (CAVB) set the 28th of February 2015 as the deadline day for confirmation of participating team.

As the normal is, each national Federation is supposed to nominate teams for the competition and Uganda Volleyball Federation (UVF) President, Sadik Nasiwu nods in the affirmative;

We are nominating the League Champions and the National Club Champions for this year’s competition

About The Africa Club Championships:

The club Championship is considered one of the most attractive volleyball championships in Africa as it usually attracts more than 16 teams in the last few years.

Last year, Nemostars finished 17th out of the 23 teams that competed in the 33rd edition of the Africa Volleyball Championships, six places below their 11th rank at their maiden appearance in 2012.

The Ugandan representatives lost and won 4 and 3 respective games of the total number of 7 engaged in.

Nemostars Victories:

They beat Sudan’s Al-Nahdha (26-28, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22), Beau Vallon of Seychelles 3-1 (18-25, 25-16, 25-19, 2-20) before a 3-0 clean sheet over Ethiopian champions, Muger Cement (25-19; 25-12, 25-14).

The Losses:

The tournament eventual champions, Espérance de Tunis white washed NemoStars 3-0 (25-18; 25-21; 25-16) before they fell to 3 other defeats to GSU (Kenya) with another identical loss (25-20, 25-23, 25-18).

In typical fighting spirit, the Uganda ambassadors narrowly lost to West Africa opposition in the2-3 loss to Cameroon’s Port Dualla (25-13, 19-25, 27-29, 25-19, 12-15) before a 1-3 defeat at the hands of Libya’s Al Ahly Benghazi (17-25, 28-26, 12-25, 23-25).

This competition will qualify the African Representative for the 2015 Men’s Club World Championship which will be held in Brazil May 5th – 10th, 2015.

Esperance of Tunisia are the defending champions from the previous edition that was incidentally held in the same city (Sousse) and they represented Africa in the world championship.

How Nemostars Performed in 2014:

Espérance de Tunis 3-0 Nemostars (25-18; 25-21; 25-16)

GSU 3-0 Nemostars (25-20, 25-23, 25-18)

Nemostars 1-3 Al Ahly Benghazi (17-25, 28-26, 12-25, 23-25)

Nemostars 3-0 Muger Cement (25-19; 25-12, 25-14)

Nemostars 2-3 Port Dualla (25-13, 19-25, 27-29, 25-19, 12-15)

Nemostars 3-1 Al-Nahdha (26-28, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22)

Nemostars 3-1 Beau Vallon (18-25, 25-16, 25-19, 2-20)

Final Standings (2014):

1-Esperance (Tunisia)

2-Ahly (Egypt)

3- Sfax (Tunisia)

4- Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

5- Setif (Algeria)

6- Bourj Bouaririj (Algeria)

7- Ahly Benighazi (Libya)

8- Ahly Tripoli (Libya)

9-FAP (Cameroon)

10- Prisons (Kenya)

11- Ettihad Misurata (Libya)

12- GSU (Kenya)

13- Ittihad Tangier (Morocco)

14- Bafia (Cameroon)

15- Port Douala (Cameroon)

16- Espoire (Congo DR)

17- Nemostars (Uganda)

18- Beau Vallon (Seychelles)

19- Auroridade (Mozambique)

20- Al Nahda (Sudan)

21- Mugher Cement (Ethiopia)

Extracts Credited to CAVB/ UVF Websites

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

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