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13 July 2013
2014 FIVB World Championship Qualifier
Kampala Uganda, July 12, 2013- Uganda National women’s coach Tony Lakony is still weighing his options before the captain ahead of Pool H Women's African Qualifier for 2014 Women's World championship due to be held in Nairobi, Kenya July 23- 27, 2013.
Lakony revealed that he will consider a number of qualities before choosing his captain ahead of the qualifications.
“To be honest am still weighing my options,” Lakony said. “But am looking at discipline, commitment, leadership skill and maturity,” he added.
Experienced stars like Josephine Namanda (30 years), Prosy Alobo (27), Shilla Omuriwe (35) could be some of the players Lakony might consider before taking the decision.
Alobo leads the chase to the armband alongside Astreede Aggaba, Christine Alupo and center blocker Faridah Namajja.
“After consultations with my assistants, it’s from those four that we will choose the captain and her assistant.”
“My captain has to be my representation on court, and whoever l choose l need to be sure they will do as l expect,” Lakony added.
Despite meeting all Lakony’s qualities, Omuriwe could be over looked in this development since libero players are not allowed to be captains.
Alobo and Betty Busingye are the only survivors from the team that last competed internationally at the 2007 Women's African Nations Championship in Nairobi.
KCCA’s Hasfa Nakalema KAVC’s duo of Irene Adeke and Rachael Mugabi has opted out of the games because of tight work schedules.
“We will work with the players we have,” he said. "A national team is made up of the best available players and not necessarily the best known players."
Lakony though that he will miss Nakalema the most. She (Nakalema) is one of her kind in many ways.”
“She is a utility player who is self-motivated and we will surely miss her services,” added Lakony.
The selected squad includes: Prossy Alobo, Eunice Amuron, Jesca Kaidu, Christine Alupo, Saidi Nnungi, Betty Busingye, Josephine Namanda, Gloria Nantege, Farida Namajja, Maureen Mwamula, Astreede Agaaba, Flavia Nandawula, Eunice Nuwabigaba and Shilla Omuriwe Buyungo. Head Coach is Tony Lakony and assisted by Godwin Ssenyondo and Peter Buyungo