16th June 2021: Uganda’s volleyball icon NEKO NERI MUDUSE-OJALA has died. Nemostars volleyball club where is founder and has been the patron announced on social media.
The 75 year old who recently received the USPA Lifetime Achievers award succumbed to the deadly Corona Virus.
Earlier in the Week another Volleyballer Rachel Mugabi of Vision Volleyball Camp succumbed to the global pandemic.

TRIBUTE

Sadik Nasiwu – President Uganda Volleyball Federation.

Uganda Volleyball Federation has lost a founder of volleyball both at club and national level, the person who loved athletes, the game of volleyball and he lived it, may his souls rest in eternal peace.
Nemostars Club
It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing-on of our club patron and founder Mr. Neko Muduse Ojala. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
KAVC
We are at grief to announce the loss of our Founder, Neko Muduse-Ojala. Death is so cruel. Rest in Peace Old Coach. We salute and will celebrate your legacy.

Charles B.D. Nyaberi

I am shocked and saddened to learn of the passing on of my personal and family friend and Uganda Volleyball Kingpin NEKO MUDUSE OJALA.  OJALA the Patron and sponsor of NEMO STARS, also served as Patron of KAVC, SG of Uganda Volleyball Federation and Founder Vice President of East and Central African Volleybal Confederation (ECAVCO). He had unrivalled passion and love for Volleyball and inspired many players coaches and administrators. Like many other people I was inspired and  mentored  by OJALA. OJALA, Hon. Khang’ati and I worked closely in growing ECAVCO and Volleyball in the region.      OJALA slept, dreamt and ate Volleyball!                                     

 May his soul rest in Eternal Peace

Katie Naec
Oh no! Rest in eternal peace Old coach
Guma Yakan
That’s really sooo sad to hear,RIP Old coach
Emelda Atukunda
Jesus christ .. This is soo heart breaking bannage.. Old Koch rest well
Moses Opolot Oleiferous
Oh Nooooo… What a loss to the Volleyball fraternity!! May Papa’s soul rest in eternal peace!
Noel Anena
Ooohhh dear,May Old coach rest in power
And may the Lord strengthen and comfort his family
Hope Nambatya
Nooooooo. May his soul rest in peace. You will be missed old coach.
Fahad Zungu
It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing-on of our club patron and founder Mr. Neko Muduse Ojala. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Nasser Balinda

Old coach spread his wings in every corner of Ugandan volleyball, and beyond. I remember him for one thing that’s really shaped my playing and coaching career. The goal was always to be the best volleyball player and everything else is additional. You need to mentally lock yourself in the zone to be better everyday regardless of the circumstances. He knew that the comfort zone was a big deterrent on athletes. If you did not train today, better not be hanging around the court interacting, and enjoying your social atmosphere. Better go or stay home. If you do not train, do not socialize at the training court. “Go Away wherever else”.Man, that door wasnt good to go through. If you were not sure, just pretend that you are staying not going through the door. MHSRIEP

Godfrey Owese Okumu
He is and will always be one of the greatest mentors that I knew in the world of volleyball.
As an upcoming player he was already a great coach. Rest in peace My Coach.

Sammy Mulinge Mutemi
My heartfelt condolences to the family of my great friend, a leader , a wonderful senior coach , my brother. Rest in eternal peace
Ekallam O-na’ekallam
So sad!
Howyda Mondy
My heartfelt condolences to his family and all of Uganda volleyball families
Rest In Peace my great friend, a professional leader , a wonderful caring brother.
Clive Omutegeke Kyazze
You shaped lives of many, made us fall in love with the best sport in the world.
Rest in peace Old Coach

PROFILE IN BRIEF
Names: NEKO NERI MUDUSE-OJALA
Nickname (Volleyball): OLD COACH
Date Of Birth: 18th February 1946 died 16th June 2021
Origins: Busia, Uganda
Education: Nabumali High School, Mbale
Makerere University College (University of East Africa)
CLUBS:

  1. Makerere University College – Captain (1968/1969); Chairman University Volleyball Club (1969)
  2. Northcote Hall, Makerere – Captain (1968/1969)
  3. Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC) – Founder (1970); Captain (1970-1974); Head Coach (1970-2000); Patron (1989-2000)
  4. National Team – Founder (1974); Captain (1974-1981); Head Coach (1980-1989)
  5. Kampala City Council VC (Girls) – Founder (1983); Head Coach (1983-1996)
  6. Dairy Corporation VC – Founder (1984); Coach (1984-1985)
  7. Uganda Commercial Bank VC – Founder (1985) Coach 1985
  8. UNICEF VC – Founder (1984)
  9. Nsambya VC – Founder (1985)
  10. Uganda Police VC – Founder (1971)
  11. Uganda Prisons VC – Founder (1972)
  12. Uganda Army VC – Founder (1974); Coach (1975-1978)
  13. Makerere University – Coach (1978-1982)
  14. UNLA VC – Founder and Coach (1983)
  15. Kansanga VC – Co-Founder (1985)
  16. Gaba Seminary VC – Co-Founder (1986)
  17. Nemostars VC – Founder (2005); Head Coach (2005-2009); Patron (2005-Todate)
    ORGANIZATIONS
  18. Makerere University College Tenniquoit Club – Chairman (1968)
  19. Makerere University College Volleyball Club – Chairman (1969)
  20. Uganda Volleyball Association (Now Federation) – Founder (1973); Secretary General (1973-1989); Co-Patron (2004-Todate)
  21. Confederation of Commonwealth Volleyball Associations (COVO) –Founder Board Member (1980)
  22. Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) – Executive Member (1982-1986)
  23. Qualified FIVB coach (level-1 1982)
  24. East and Central African Volleyball Confederation (ECAVCO) – Founder Member (1989); Vice-President (1989-1999); President (1999-2003)
    COMPETITIONS INITIATED
    Makerere University Open Volleyball Tournament (1969-2000)
    Inter Post Primary Schools Volleyball Championships Circuit (1969-1975)
    The Pepsi-Cola Volleyball Tourney (1972-1975)
    KAVC-MEM (1995-2000)
    District Championships in Masaka, Luwero and Mpigi (1990-1998)
    OCCUPATION
    Current Status: Retired Civil Servant (Pensioner)
    1970-1978: Programmer/Systems Analyst (Senior-Chief-Principal)
    -MOFED
    1989-1995: Commissioner Data Processing – MOFED
    1995-1996: World Bank Consultant – Systems Support MOFED
    1999-2003: Local Consultant Systems Development – MOPS
    2010-2013: World Bank Consultant – Payroll Specialist MOPS

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