The two-day NSSF KAVC International Volleyball tournament came to a dramatic end yesterday after teams from Rwanda dominated throughout and won all the major trophies as well as the individual awards following a thrilling and absorbing finals at the MTN Arena-Lugogo Indoor stadium.
Rwanda Patriotic Army (APR) battled bitter rivals Kirehe yet another side from Rwanda in the men’s finals that went all the way to a decisive fifth set after the two sides tied 2-2 in an exciting game that kept the fans off their seats most of the time. APR eventually emerged winner after a 3-2 (25-15, 21-25, 25-27, 25-21, 19-17) battle of the titans and went home $1000 richer.
Earlier in the women’s final, it was again the Rwandans on top form as Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) left Uganda’s side Vision Volleyball Club (VVC) chasing shadows in the fourth set as they won 1-3 (12-24, 25-18, 26-28, 10-25) to walk away with $1000 in prize money and a beautiful trophy as the Ugandans settled for $500.
While officiating at the finals, Assistant Inspector General of Police Mr. Andrew Sorowen argued the players to always maintain discipline if they are to succeed in the sport and in life in general.
“I call upon all of you (sportsmen) and Ugandans in general to be discipline because it is key if you want to succeed in what you are doing. I also encourage Ugandans to take part in sports activities and exercise regularly to stay healthy” He said.
NSSF Deputy MD Mrs. Geraldine Ssali Busuulwa who represented the official sponsors of the tournament NSSF, pledged to continue with their support which has now run for 9 years in a row. She said she is impressed with the work done by the organisers Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC) and the other partners like National Council Of Sports (NCS).
Mr. Amon Ainebyona, the KAVC President in return vowed to promote volleyball in the country following the success of the 21st edition of the NSSF KAVC International volleyball championship yesterday and said they a grateful to NSSF and other sponsors which included SMS ONE, Chano8, Uganda Police and NCS.
Teams from Rwanda have continued to dominate this tournament in recent years and it is no surprise when three teams reached the semi finals as APR and Kirehe defeated KAVC (Uganda) and Rwanda Energy Group (REG) respectively in the semi finals to storm the final berths. Uganda’s KAVC beat REG in the 3rd place playoff to win a consolation $300 prize as Kirehe won $500.
The tournament that kicked off on Saturday attracted a total of 17 local clubs and 8 foreign clubs from Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi which included big names like KAVC, Sport-S, KCCA, Ndejje University, Cobap, Airforce, Sky VC, Rukinzo and finalists APR and Kirehe among others.
APR’s Yves Mutabazi was MVP for men, while RRA’s Charllote Nayisenga was MVP women. The juniors were dominated by Samaritan and Sunrise Primary Schools. Entertainment was by Cindy, Radio and Weasel who spiced up the event with lively performances.