Volleyball star, Lawrence Yakan Guma, now a Rwandan citizen but of Uganda decent is turning heads around in Japan.
The lanky Yakan, now featuring for Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler was named the Most Valuable player in the Japan second division Volleyball League.
Besides the top accolade, Yakan was named best scorer, best attacker and second best server which made him the MVP 2016 V. Challenge League in Japan and witnessed his club attain promotion to the elite league.
Statistics to prove his feat, Yakan featured in 21 games scoring a total of 514 points.
He served 29 direct points, made 21 blocks and netted 464 points of attacks in 75 sets played.
“I am happy with the MVP award, but what is most important is that the team finished in second place. The whole team has been outstanding throughout the season and so this is a team award. The award is a result of hard work,” Yakan noted as quoted by Rwanda’s daily, New Times.
Since his Sport-S days in the Ugandan volleyball league, Yakan always proved a decent player with fine blocks and attacks.
He switched allegiance to Rwanda in 2005 when he inked a deal at Kigali Volleyball Club before the poaching eye at the army side APR snatched him.
In 2011, he played for an Algerian clubs Etoile Sportif Setif where he spent three seasons.
Then he signed for a top Turkish side Palandoken Belediye – Erzurum in 2014 before suffering a career threatening knee injury.
Upon recovery, he joined Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler.