Uganda bt Tanzania (25- 20, 25–20, 30 – 28)
Uganda will battle Kenya in the women’s Federation of International Volleyball World Championship Group Q qualifiers at Lugogo tonight hoping to defy history and win the tie.
The Lady Cranes fell to Kenya in straight sets (25-15, 25-22, and 25-16) at the zonal qualifiers in Nairobi three months ago and have never beaten the neigbhours in any international competition and observers predict the same here in Kampala.
Boasting of the prowess of the continent’s reigning most valuable player Mercy Moim, the Makuto sisters (Evelyn and Violet) and impressive Esther Wangeci, Kenya have already qualified for the next stage leaving only one spot for Uganda, Egypt and Tanzania to fight for.
Uganda head coach Tonny Peter Lakony hopes his youthful team can pull a surprise and finish second in the zonal qualifier. “After beating Tanzania, we have a very big chance of qualifying. Definitely everyone is predicting a Kenya win but my girls will hang in there and do their best.”
Lakony saw his team struggle in the third set at one moment tailing Tanzania 24-19 before setter Eunice Nuwabigaba came in to win it 30-28 for the host in straight sets.
“We are just going to play to our abilities. We hope our best will be good enough,” his main setter Nuwabigaba commended.
Team Egypt who lost the opening game to 8 time record African champions, Kenya, take on Tanzania in the day two’s opening match at 6pm.
Uganda: Eunice Nuwabigaba, Veronica Nyiramugisha, Christine Alupo, Irene Adeke, Nnungi Saidat, Alobo Prossy, Eunice Amuroon, Agaba Astredde, Faridah Namajja, Mwamula Moureen, Shilla Buyungo, and Flavia Nandawula.
Tanzania: Thabit Lushemeza Zainabu, Abwao Theresia Silvanus, Samaki Mwanaharusi Ally, Kasinisala Yasinta Remmy, Ngowi Neema Exaud, Mwegoha Richard Hellen, Ibrahim Mbuke, Mapunda Salome Ester Noel, Mapunda Edith Jacob