Uganda Volleyball Cranes will from Wednesday hope to overcome the odds and beat the big guns at the 2013 Federation of International Volleyball Zone Five World Championship qualifiers in Kigali Rwanda.
Coach Anthony Ndawula’s 17 man contingent that reached Kigali on Monday morning is accommodated at Hotel La Palisse and are vying for a slot at next year’s World Championships in Poland.
After Uganda open their campaign against Burundi tomorrow next will be Egypt, Kenya and Rwanda on Thursday, Friday and Saturday respectively.
“Everything is set and the team is focused on the challenge that lays ahead. The attitude in camp is perfect,” Uganda and Nemostars power forward Louis Mubangizi told Red Pepper Online from Kigali.
“We are going to play the best teams in the region and we shall put our best efforts in lifting the national flag high,” he added.
The Egyptians, who have already booked their ticket to the next and final qualifiers phase, will be playing for pride in Kigali.
Egypt, Cameroon and Tunisia have already qualified for the final round and, according to the FIVB, the teams have been divided into three pools.
Pool one is led by Cameroon who will be joined by Nigeria, Gabon, Zone 1 winner and Zone 5 winner (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi).
Pool 2 has Egypt, who will be joined by Botswana, Zambia, Zone 2 runners-up and Zone 5 runners-up, while Pool 3 is comprised of Tunisia, Seychelles Congo Brazzaville, Niger and Zone 2 winners.
Team in Rwanda
Centre blockers: Saviour Atama, Dickens Otim, George Aporu
Setters: Smith Okumu, John Bosco Opendi
Power attackers: Nicholas Dheyongera, Emma Kato, Tom Amou, Ivan Ongom, Louis Mubangizi, Pierre Kamugasha
Libero: Emma Elanyu