The atmosphere at MTN Arena Lugogo was fascinating as the national team started off non-residential training on Saturday.

Sixteen of the actual twenty summoned players turned up for newly appointed Nason Bwesigye’s maiden national team training.

Bwesigye who was assisted by trainer Luke Etiti, treated the players to a more of physical conditioning and ball work.

The action-packed workout surprised Nason as he witnessed his players putting up a spirited training session.

I am very pleased with the response from the players on the first day of training. The commitment shown today can tell how these players want to put up displays that will lift the whole country.

The four hour training practice had a six-per-side game with players such as middle blocker Dickens Otim (Sport-S) and Power attacker George Aporu (Nemostars) enjoying the play in relaxed yet competitive setting.

All the players shared laughs with head coach Nason Bwesigye. It was from this gesture that national team skipper Dickens Otim also agreed with his boss that the training session was a cracker though it was not full house. The Sport-S prized asset told Kawowo sports after practice.

I didn’t expect to see such motivating training today. But I am really overwhelmed with the way the lads worked in training. We are above 75% turn up and I am sure by next training session all players will be here.

New faces at the national team in Mathew Kalema, DaudiOkello, Sammy Kagai and notably Serie B player Bernard Malinga blend well with the rest of the old players on team and Ivan Ongom (Sport-S) believes the addition of the quartet is a good move to the team.

“They have integrated with the rest on spot. I think they are good additions especially in attack and defense.” said the attacker as he heaped praise.

The national team training will go to recess to give space to the president’s cup scheduled for 31st January-1st February 2015.

A busy schedule a waits the volleyball cranes starting with sub zonal All Africa Games qualifiers in May, Rwanda before travelling to Kenya to participate in the African Volleyball Nations in Kenya.

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