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13 July 2013
2014 FIVB World Championship Qualifier
Pool H Men - Uganda coach reinstates Otim as national skipper
Kampala, Uganda, July 10, 2013- Uganda Coach Antony Ndawula has reinstated Dickens Otim as the national team captain ahead of the African Qualifications Pool H for the 2014 World Championship due to be held July 23-27 in Kampala.
Ndawula had dropped Otim replacing him with George Aporu in March after the latter had opted to play Beach Volleyball ahead of the September Islamic Solidarity Games Indonesia.
“Otim is a natural leader. He commands a lot of respect from his teammates at club and national team level,” Ndawula said.
Aporu who captains national league champions Nemostars will work as an assistant to Otim on the national team.
“Not that I don’t have faith in George (Aporu) but Otim has an edge over him when it comes to leadership qualities,” Ndawula, who coaches Nemostars in the league, added.
Uganda will compete with Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi in the tournament that will see the top three teams qualify for the Zone 5 qualifiers.
Uganda Squad includes: Dickens Otim, George Aporu, Luke Eitit, Phillip Wandawa, Albert Gayi, John Bosco Opendi, Smith Okumu, Emma Kato Louis Mubangizi, Ivan Ongom, Jacob Olila, Savior Atama, John Opejo Emma Elanyu and Tom Paul Amou, Nicholas Dheyongera.
Head Coach is Anthony Ndawula and the assistants coaches Sam Meya and Hannington Nsubuga
By Clive Kyazze, Journalist from Uganda