Aporu replaces Otim in Uganda squad ahead of Islamic games

23 March 2013

Kampala. Uganda, March 22, 2013- Uganda national volleyball Men’s team coach, Anthony Ndawula has replaced Dickens Otim with George Aporu as skipper ahead of upcoming Islamic Solidarity Games in Indonesia from June 3-17.

 

Otim opted out of the indoor side for beach volleyball where he will be pairing with Ambrose Otwao.

 

“I had named Otim as my captain because of his experience and exposure but now George (Aporu) will take up the job,” Ndawula said.

 

Ndawula also wanted to give young players a chance but he failed as many of them he had spotted lacked passports.

 

Emmanuel Elanyu (KACV), Christopher Agena (Nemostars), savior Atama (KAVC), David Ssegylanyi (Sport-S), Ivan ongom (Sport-S) and Jacob Olila (Ndejje) all missed the opportunity.

 

“I needed them because I believe they are the future and we need to start building it now,” added Ndawula.

 

The national side last had a competitive game at the 2011 Zone V All Africa Games qualifiers in Kigali.

 

Sky volleyball club’s quintet of John Bosco Opendi, Philip Wandawa, Jonathan Akuguzibwe, Emma Kato and Nicholas Dheyongera were part of the players summoned.

 

Aporu, Tom Amou, Smith Okumu, Luis Mubangizi is the quartet from national league champions Nemostars.

Nkumba’s Albert Gayi (Vice Captain), Sport-S’ John Opejo and KAVC’s Matthew Mwenyi are the other players.

 

Apart from Otim and Otwao, Shilla Omuriwe and Margret Nambasa will be the female pair at the games.

 

The team starts training next month and technical director Tony Lakony will draw a training program.

 

Squad:

Setters: Albert Gayi (Nkumba), Smith Okumu (Nemostars), John Bosco Opendi (Sky)

Centre players: Philip Wandawa (Sky), George Aporu (Nemostars) and Mathew Mwenyi (KAVC).

Outside hitters: Jonathan Akugizibwe (Sky), Emma Kato (Sky), Louis Mubangizi (Nemostars), Tom Amou (Nemostars) and Nicholas Dheyongera (Sky)

Libero: John Opejo (Sport-S)

 

By Clive Kyazze from Uganda



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