National Volleyball League | Opening Night

  • Women: Nkumba vs. Ndejje – 6:00 pm
  • Men: Nemostars vs. UCU Doves – 8:00pm
Emma Elanyu is one of the additions for Nemostars ahead of the new season (Photo: CAVB Press)

Nemostars made history last month when they became the first Ugandan side to break the quarterfinal barrier of the CAVB Club Championship.

The league championsfinished an impressive sixth at their sixth appearance at the continental showpiece.

And during the history-making campaign, Nemostars had two fresh faces in centre Bernard Malinga and libero Emmanuel Elanyu. The duo were important additions to the side as they contributed greatly to the club’s success at the tournament.

With the 2019 league set to volley off on Friday, May 3, the club officially unveiled their new players (including the duo that was part of the African club championship) to media during a press conference held at the Uganda Olympic Committee boardroom.

Malinga joined the side from Matrixx, Elanyu from rivals KAVC. The other players that were added to the team are Nicholas Agaba from Copab and youngster Timothy Kyambalangu plus returning Patrick Luganda.

“We have strengthened in areas where we were lacking,” said coach Andrew Okapis. “We want to better our performance and winning a double (national club championship and league) would be great. But if we miss one, we have to win the other.”

Meanwhile, center Florence Kitui was recruited for the women’s side.

Nemostars Squad: George Aporu (Attacker), Tom Amou (Attacker), Gideon Angoro (Attacker), Walter Aloka (Attacker), John Opolot (Attacker), Louis Mubangizi (Attacker), Wilfred Masaba (Center), Fahad Zungu (Center), Ezra Luswata (Center) Musa Odoi (Center), Bernard Malinga (Center), Smith Okumu (Setter), Leonard Wandera (Setter), Patrick Luganda (Setter) Timothy Kyabalango (Setter), Nicholas Agaba (Libero), Emma Elanyu (Libero), Joseph Opeto (Libero), Benedicto Omalinja

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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