Ndejje Elites with CAVB officials before the game Credit: CAVB Press
  • Ndejje 3-1 ASEC (25-09, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21)

Ndejje Elites registered their first win at this year’s Africa Clubs Championship with a convincing 3-1 (25-09, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21) victory over Ivory Coast side ASEC on Sunday.

Having fallen to Tunisian giants Carthage in straight sets in the opening game, Ndejje needed to recover in a bid to keep their quarter final hopes alive.

Johnson Kawenyera’s charges started the game with purpose and took the lead after limiting their opponents to just 9 points in the first set.

The mistakes made in game one, according to Kawenyera, were limited this time round and that gave the team a chance against the West African side.

In an interview with Kawowo Sports, Kawenyera had earlier revealed that that his charges would not have to do much but start playing volleyball.

The second set saw ASEC pile some bit of pressure but the Ugandan side held on to take the set 25-19 and remain in control of the game.

ASEC bounced back in the third set and took it 25-23 to get back into the game and have their opponents scratching their heads before the fourth set.

To keep their dreams of reaching the quarters, Ndejje had to see off ASEC and they didn’t disappoint, taking the fourth set 25-21 to win the game 3-1.

Drawn in Pool A, the Ugandan outfit now have to now have to face Cameroonian giants Injis in the battle to finish in the top two slots.

Ndejje, who made their debut on the continent in 2013, are Uganda’s only representatives at the event and will be looking to beat their best performance of 8th place.

Saidat Nnungi, Jesca Kaidu, Jepkirui, Christine Alupo, Joan Tushemereirwe, Sharon Amito and Mwamula are some of the key players who have to pull up their socks if the team is to make it out of the group.

Ndejje will face Injis on Tuesday, April 11 in their final group game with the hope of winning to make the quarters.

The team’s best performance came in 2013 when they made their debut in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

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