The preparations for the men’s national Volleyball team have stalled because of inadequate finances.
The Volleyball Cranes is in training ahead of the 2019 Zone 5 All Africa Games qualifiers that serve off in Nairobi, Kenya from June 2 to 9.
The volleyball governing body in the country – Uganda Volleyball Federation – has confirmed that their intentions and ability to send a strong competitive team have been affected due to lack of funds and no training facility.
Led by President Hadijja Namanda, the federation through the press conference held at Lugogo on Monday morning, have called up on National Council of Sports and all the stakeholders to extend a helping hand.
The outcry comes days after the Men’s football team, the Uganda Cranes, received Sh4Bn from the government to facilitate their Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
“Despite the team having started their training in preparations for the qualifiers, the Federation is still on hunt for support to enable the team travel for the championship,” said President Namanda.
The President revealed that about $12000 is required for the team to travel for the championship. This is projected to cover the training facilitation, transport to and fro Kenya, accommodation fees for the contingent, and the team’s modest allowance among others.
“We don’t have any commitment yet from the Government and any other stakeholder but we hope our SOS will yield results.”
The team has been training at MUBS out door court for the past weeks and held a few sessions at Lugogo’s indoor when they capitalised on the earlier time the games for the concluded zone five women games ended.
“It’s always difficult and unrealistic to train on from outside when you are preparing for an indoor tournament,” noted National Team coach Nelson Bwesigye.
“I may be having a good feared team in the region because our golden generation has come of age, but poor practice may hinder our success in Nairobi. We can’t try out high balls for now because they are limited by the outside wind and we live in fear of injuries this tarmac may cause.”
Zone V brings together 12 countries and is the largest CAVB region. The countries to take part include hosts Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Egypt, Tanzania, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea.