Uganda Volleyball Federation President Hadijjah Namanda during smiles after the last elective assembly in 2017 Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] New Uganda Volleyball Federation President Hadijjah Namanda (with mic) is congratulated by National Council of Sports assistant general secretary (not in picture) after winning the presidential seat. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The last four years in Ugandan volleyball have sunk the sport so low to the extent that new leader Hadijah Namanda and her executive have to first focus on bringing everyone on board before moving forward in tandem.

Namanda reckoned this seven days ago after she had defeated Joseph Odong and Eddie Okila in an election held at the National Council of Sports hall in Lugogo.

I believe in teamwork, and solidarity in the sport. As an executive we have to make sure we bring everyone on board to work together as a team with the rest of the fraternity.

The former second vice president won the election with 57 points to the latter’s 48 votes, the other candidate Eddie Okila was a distant third with 21 votes.

Namanda comes in at a time when the fraternity has lost direction and don’t really know where they want to go, and it will take a leader with a ‘Moses determination’ to deliver them to the promised land.

We have to look at the structures and make sure they are functional if we are to take this sport to the next level, build the game from the grassroots, and have competitive national teams at all levels

The former player and currently international referee will be working with Isima Bagaga and Patricia Ahumuza as her first and second vice presidents respectively.

Mugisha Adam was voted into the treasurer office with Cornelius Engwenyu as the general secretary and Namanda says she has utmost confidence in her team and should be able to take the sport to the next level.

Everyone has their specialty, reason they were voted into office. We just need to know what we have to do, and I don’t have a problem with anyone. We just need to have regular workshops and get to know what we have to do so that we can serve effectively, and we just have to be dedicated to serve the game effectively.

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

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