Impeachable reports reaching our desk indicate that premier men’s volleyball club Nemostars have once more declined invitations to participate in the 16th KAVC Founders International Memorial Tournament now rebranded as the NSSF KAVC International tournament due August 10-11.
The national league champions were set compete for the top prize with leading sides from Uganda and other neighbouring countries but the team handled by Uganda coach Anthony Ndawula opted not to take part.
“The tournament was initially dedicated to premier clubs but some are yet to confirm participation” KAVC chairman Mofaht Masaba told Red Pepper Online on Tuesday.
“I can’t confirm Nemostar’s participation as yet,” he added.
But our scoops have established that the side has decided not to take part owing to the rivalry between the two clubs.
“It’s one of those tournaments we have never fancied to playing,” an insider told Red Pepper Online.
This would probably explain why Nemostars have never participated in the KAVC organized event.
Efforts to reach Nemostars head of Communication Andrew Ojala were futile with his known number off.
On a lighter note, the two biggest university women clubs in the country Nkumba and Ndejje have confirmed involvement.
Nkumba have won the national league four times in the last five years while Ndejje are the defending champions.
This year alone, Nkumba have won the Makerere Open (clubs category) and the KIU Open (clubs and institutions). Ndejje on the other hand defeated Nkumba to win the Ndejje Open (clubs and institution titles) as well as the just-concluded Dr Aporu Okol Memorial International.
Meanwhile, newcomers Sky (men) will also make their maiden appearance in the NSSF KAVC International tournament. “After losing the Aporu Okol, we are going to prepare well for this one,” said Sky’s Emma Kato.
Sport-S and KCCA are the men and women defending champions and will have a have time defending their titles with Rwanda scheduled to field five teams Rwanda Revenue Authority and Rwanda Patriotic Army (both women sides) with Kigali Volleyball Club, UNITEC and Nyanza in the men’s category while Burundi’s Rukinzo and Administration Police of Kenya have already confirmed their participation with another nine clubs including regional powerhouse Muzinga yet to notify the organizers whether they will make the road trip to Uganda.
The organisers also confirmed Namboole Stadium parking, Makerere University Business School (MUBS) courts and MTN Arena Lugogo as the venue for the tournament.
“Getting all these venues was to make sure we complete all the preliminaries on Saturday (MUBS and Namboole) and converge in Lugogo on Sunday,” Mofaht Masaba said.
“We would like to have only the semifinals and finals played on Sunday.”
Men (Uganda): Sport-S, Nemostars, KCCA, Mulago, Gulu, Old Kampala, Cobap, Sky, KAVC-A, KAVC-B
Burundi: Rukizo, Muziga
Kenya: Prisons, Administration Police, MT Kenya University, GSU
Rwanda: Kigali Volleyball Club, APR, Inatek, Rwanda Youth, National University of Rwanda (NUR)
Zimbabwe: ZPR Support Unit
DR Congo: The Young Club
Women (Uganda): KCCA, Sport-S, Nemostars, Ndejje Elites, Nkumba University, KAVC-A, KAVC-B
Kenya: Prisons, Pipeline, National Water, KCB
Rwanda (women): Revenue Authority