Kampala Uganda | 22 August 2019
Preparations to have a successful 23rd edition of the annual Nkumba University Volleyball Open are in high gear.
The championship that marks 23 years since inception will volley off on 6th September and wind up by 8th September at the Nkumba University Sports Complex, along Entebbe road.
Addressing journalists at D’Mellos restaurant along Lumumba Avenue in Kampala, the Dean of Students at Nkumba University highlighted that this year’s tourney will be a precursor to the Nkumba Volleyball festival coming later in the same month.
For starters, Nkumba University celebrated its silver jubilee on 18th June 2019.
Since the aforementioned date happened during the holidays, the celebrations are now slated for 28th and 29th September 2019 at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.
“This will be the final event to mark the silver jubilee celebrations of the institute where all the former players at Nkumba University are expected to come and merry make,” Kasasa noted.
Flanked by the KCB – Nkumba University Volleyball Club team manager Salma Kairungi, head coach Tonny Peter Lakony and club Public Relations Manager and Coach Godwin Nakana Ssenyondo, Kasasa lauded all the supporting partners and sponsors over the years.
The KCB sponsored Nkumba University team also expects an Italian select team that will spice up the festival.
The uniqueness in this year’s Nkumba University open is that a Corporate Social Responsibility cause has been attached to the three day’s tournament.
All the tourney’s proceeds will be channelled towards heart surgery of Benedict Tukashaba.
Born to Lawrence Rwita and Evalyne Nisiima, Tukashaba was born with a heart complication that needs surgery.
He is a primary four pupil at St Agnes Centre of Education in Western Uganda – Mbarara
At least Shs 18M is being targeted to meet the operation cost of the teenager before the deadline of 21st October 2019 at Uganda Heart Institute.
“Some people have made pledges towards the Save Benedict campaign and that is good. We are also planning to hold a car wash to raise funds,” Mohammed Nepo, also a former Nkumba University volleyball player told the media.
However, the Nkumba Open is set to attract a huge cast of volleyball outfits ranging from clubs, institutions including corporate teams.
“Five clubs from South Sudan including Cobra Sporting Club (Men and Women) and Jur River Volleyball Club (Men and Women) have expressed interest. We also expect many other local clubs,” Otika remarked.
UCU Doves won the male event in 2018 as Nkumba University clinched both the women and men titles in the universities category.
Boston High School and Katikamu SDA are the boys and girls secondary schools title holders respectively.
St James Primary and Sunrise Primary Schools are the primary schools’ titleholders in the boys and girls pools respectively.
Over 40 teams are expected for the 2019 edition.
The foreign team from Italy will conduct a tour of the famous Murchison Falls and the Uganda Wildlife Education Center.