• August 11, 2020

Vilma Achieng: Former UCU Captain Reveals Toughest Opponent

 Vilma Achieng: Former UCU Captain Reveals Toughest Opponent

Former UCU Lady Canons captain Vilma Achieng has reflected on her time while playing in Uganda.

The Kenyan International joined UCU in 2014 and left at the start of last year after completing her Bachelor’s of Education at the Mukono-based University.

During her spell at UCU, she established herself as one of the fearless and most dominant Center in Uganda National Basketball League.

She helped UCU Lady Canons win a three-peat – three NBL titles in a row (2015, 2016 & 2017).

She has named the towering Salma Akinyi who featured for JKL Lady Dolphins and veteran Martha Soigi who is still at KCCA Leopards among the players who gave her tough times on court.

“Salma or Martha were bully by the way so at time they frustrated me,” Vilma opened up to this website. “But all in all, I expected tough guarding any day and any time – So I guess that prepared me and I took them as part of the game.”

No room to breathe – Martha Soigi (left) against Vilma Achieng. URN photo

She adds that her other toughest opponents were good coaches who would identify and plant two or more players to mark her.

Vilma also revealed that she was always hard done by poor officiating “especially when some calls were not made to me because they (refs) expected me to be magically strong.”

Vilma was the 2015, 2016 and 2017 NBL playoffs MVP, among a long list of individual accolades she won.

She comments that her best moment was when UCU won the 2015 University games during a time when they had to face KCCA Leopards in the league.

“We won University games in 2015 against KIU in Busoga University after trailing by more than 20 points by halftime. It came when we were facing tough KCCA in the finals and we would travel to Kampala to play league finals and at the same time play university games.

“We were exhausted and our senior players like Ayo (Judith Nansobya) and Purity (Adhiambo) could not play the finals (University Games).”

She cited failure to qualify for club championship twice in a row despite giving their all, as her worst moment.

Vilma who is at KPA, has also played for NYTA Shimbahills, Eagle wings and Mont Fleuri (Seychelles).


Brian Kawalya

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