Sport-S needed just one game to win the NSSF-Volleyball league last year, but it didn’t happen as they lost the best of five series 3-2.

Sport-S faltered when it mattered most, in game five they were leading the tie breaker 8-3, they gave away that lead to trail 11-14. But crawled back to lead 15-14, and later lost the set 22-20 to KAVC.

On Sunday they were given a chance to salvage their pride (at a lesser level) when they took on the same opponent in the final of the sixth edition of the Ndejje Open Volleyball Championship.

Bernabus Tugume, the receiver attacker from UCU is one addition to the Sport-S side that already possesses lethal attackers in Dickens Otim and Ivan Ongom. The latter two troubled KAVC before Sport-S retained the title they won last year when they beat Nkumba.

Maybe Otim and Ongom were exceptional with their attack; the latter is steadily growing into a brutal blocker and on many occasions troubled KAVC’s attacks of Daudi Okello and Jensen Chestit.

Otim was another who made sure his presence on the net was felt. The 2014 most valuable player and Tugume with libero Stephen Oguti were not at one point bullied on reception which made work easy for setters Albert Gayi and Warren Muhangi.

Sport-S’ services were on the other hand intimidating for Oguti’s counterpart Emma Elanyu, Edward Bwenje and Okello.

Chestit’s attack failed to bite, his replacement Jacob Olila struggled to be consistent. Middle blockers, Eric Ogwang and Saviour Atama did little to tame Sport-S attacks that were rampant but also grew cold feet when their authority on defense was needed.

These are still early stages, but looks like Sport-S have shown early intent of the kind of opposition they will need for the rest of the season.

Senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering volleyball, football and badminton

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