Coaches and players alike talk about making a statement in big games.
Perhaps Sport-S coach, Benon Mugisha did that in his side’s 3-1(25-17, 25-10,18-25 & 25-14) victory over KCCA Volleyball Club in their league opener, only that it was a much different kind of statement – one that could get Sport-S in trouble.
Benon Mugisha decided to play new recruit Yvette Igihozo in the KCCA game despite warning from Head of Sports Organizing commission Juma Osunge.
Setter Yvette Igihozo joined Sport-S from Rwandan club APR during the off season.
“Yvette requires to complete an International Transfer certificate from her former club APR to allow her to take part in the NSSF League” Osunge told UVbF.org.
For that matter, Yvette Igihozo was ruled ineligible until Sport-S issues out the International Transfer certificate.
Mugisha strongly disagreed and played her new asset on Saturday to give out a statement that Igihozo was clear to play.
“It was a statement that Yvette is our player and she is supposed to play. She is a student at Kampala International University doing her masters in Business Administration. A student does not need an ICT in any country she is studying from.” he said.
“We have other foreigners why is it that they have never asked for their letters?” Mugisha wondered. “If they really need any information, they should ask the federation of Rwanda.The organizers have never communicated officially to us” Mugisha told Kawowo Sports.
The sports organizing commission is yet to decide on the punishment but any outcome is expected to rule in KCCA Volleyball Club’s favour.