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2 December 2013
About Five weeks ago Uganda held its last leg of the National Beach Volleyball Tour and leveraged on this local event to select its National Squad for the recently hosted Castle Lite International Championship at Lido Beach Entebbe.
The local scene witnessed a total of 42 men and 62 women taking part in the National tour that comprises 6 distinct events spread across the year. Uganda also sent teams to the February Borabora International in Burundi as well as the 3rd Islamic Solidarity games in Indonesia. The players now take a break of two months prior to the start of the 2014 season.
Seasoned stars Dickens Otim pairing with Ambrose Okello took the annual men’s top ranking whereas Diana Agaba Tukundane concluded the year at helm in the women’s category.
Meanwhile top seeds were on song as they harvested medals for Team Uganda on the 17th of November when East Africans from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda congregated at Lido Beach on the warm shores of Lake Victoria in the two day regional derby. The championship now running for the 8th time is popular among budding regional beach volleyball players who are determined to feature on the world scene in the near future.
Uganda hauled in five medals including Gold in the men’s category, two Silvers and two bronzes missing out on only the ladies Gold that Kenya’s Ednah Rotich with partner Yelena Juma ensured went no other place.
A total of 20 teams took part sharing out cash and accolades sponsored by Castle Lite and Rwenzori Mineral Water. The Prize Ceremony was graced by Uganda Volleyball Federation President Sadik Nasiwu and sponsor representative Steven Kalema. The 9th edition is already set for the 6th & 7th of December 2014 in Entebbe, Uganda.
Elimination Stage Results:
Ambrose Otwao Okello / Dickens Otim (UGA) beat Michael Njoroge / Evans cherenges (KEN) 2-0: 21-18-21-15
Emmanuel Kato / Nicholas Dheyongera (UGA) beat Lionel Mugisha / Yvan Hobayo (BDI) 2-1: 18-21, 22-20, 15-12
Hannington Nsubuga / Isaac Omedo (UGA) beat Amon Ainebyona / Mathew Mwenyi (UGA) 2-0: 21-17, 21-14
Michael Ahabwe / Emmanual Rugaba (UGA) beat JeanLuc Mbonyuwontuma/Cyprien Uwimana (RWA) 2-1: 21-10, 15-21, 15-11
Emmanuel Kato / Nicholas Dheyongera (UGA) beat Ambrose Otwao Okello / Dickens Otim (UGA) 2-018-21, 21-18, 15-12
Hannington Nsubuga / Isaac Omedo (UGA) beat Michael Ahabwe / Emmanual Rugaba (UGA) 2-0: 21-12, 21-17
Hannington Nsubuga / Isaac Omedo (UGA) beat Emmanuel Kato / Nicholas Dheyongera (UGA) 2-0 : 21-19, 21-18
Bronze Medal Match
Ambrose Otwao Okello / Dickens Otim (UGA) beat Michael Ahabwe / Emmanual Rugaba (UGA)
Edinah Rotich / Yelena Juma (KEN) beat Alice Gitta Okecho / Sophie Nuwagaba (UGA) 2-0: 21-11, 21-18
Diana Agaba Tukundane / Josephine Nammanda (UGA) beat Peace Busingye / Christine Alupo (UGA) 2-0: 22-20, 21-11
Edinah Rotich / Yelena Juma (KEN) beat Diana Agaba Tukundane / Josephine Nammanda (UGA) 2-0: 21-15, 21-12
Bronze Medal Match
Peace Busingye / Christine Alupo (UGA) beat Alice Gitta Okecho / Sophie Nuwagaba (UGA) 2-0: 21-15, 21-19
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