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20 July 2013
2014 FIVB World Championship Qualifier
Kampala Uganda, July 19, 2013-Prossy Alobo Zamma will lead the Uganda Women National team ahead of the 2014 FIVB World Championship Sub Zonal women Pool H qualifiers in Nairobi next week.
With 12 caps to her name the 27 year old KCCA power attacker is the most experienced player on the team and her appointment is one that Uganda will ride on while in Nairobi.
“It’s a privilege to be captain,” Alobo said. “And l pray that my teammates will believe in me so that we can have a good tournament,” added Alobo.
Alobo will be deputized by Ndejje’s Christine Alupo and Nkumba’s Astreede Agaaba as her first and second assistants respectively.
“The most important thing is that we should look towards working as a team, and then the rest will fall in place,” she said.
Alobo and Betty Busingye who were at the 2007 African Nations Champions in Nairobi Kenya, the last time the women’s side competed.
“We are going to Kenya to give it (qualifiers) our best shot. But the young players will have a lot to learn from sides like Kenya and Egypt,” said Alobo.
The current side is full debutants who have a bright volleyball future ahead of them.
The Ndejje quartet of Jesca Kaidu, Maureen Mwamula, Saidta Nungi and Christine Alupo was at the April Confederation of African Volleyball Club Champions in Madagascar.
“What we saw in Madagascar was high level volleyball,” Kaidu said “It is time to transfer the lessons we learnt from the tournament to the national team,” she added.
Uganda will compete against hosts Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Burundi with the top three teams qualifying to the next stage.
Kenya is dominated by players from Kenya Prisons and Kenya Pipeline, who many of the national team players here have meant in club competitions.
Alobo, Kaidu, Alupo, Mwamula and Nungi played against Pipeline during in Madagascar, though they also watched the Egyptian women in action.
Second setter Eunice Nuwabigaba, did future for KAVC against Pipeline during last month’s Rwanda Genocide Memorial tournament in Kigali.
“Kenya, Egypt and maybe Ethiopia might all be tough sides, that won’t stop us from competing, learning a thing or two,” said Alobo.
Nkumba’s Faridah Namajja was at the 2012 Club Championships in Nairobi, her team mates Agaaba and Flavia Nandawula will be going for their first international competition.
Final squad includes: Setters: Jesca Kaidu (Ndejje), Eunice Nuwabigaba (KAVC), attackers: Eunice Amuron, Astreede Agaaba (Nkumba), Prosy Alobo (KCCA), Centers: Saidat Nnungi, Christine Alupo, Maureen Mwamula (all Ndejje), Betty Lakers (UCU), Liberos: Flavia Nandawula (Nkuba), Shila Buyungo (KAVC), Universal player: Farida Namajja (Nkumba)
By Clive Kyazze, Journalist from Uganda