Reigning National Men’s League Champions Nemostars have jetted out for Tunisia to compete at the Africa Club Volleyball Championships.
A contingent of 10 members aboard Egypt Air has made the trip to North Africa but the strain has been the exclusion of Head Coach Andrew Okapis due to financial reasons.
It is reported that the 2019 League Champions failed to raise the required money to facilitate the entire team and the Coach and former player Okapis had to be sacrificed.
The Kololo based side, making their sixth successive appearance, have always had to contend with financial hurdles to represent Uganda on the continent.
And during these Covid-19 times, financial constraints were expected bite hard on the side.
The club is said to have travelled without making payments for accommodation and feeding in Sousse and the required amount of money will just be funderised in the coming days.
Club Patron Neko Muduse-Ojala fondly known as Old Coach is optimistic the side will compete favourably amidst financial challenges.
An Air ticket costs US$ 900, UpKeep $ 700, Visa Fees $23 and COVID-19 test goes for $80 in Tunis per head. This equates to a round figure of $1,703( Shs 6.1m) per player.
However, what is not in doubt is the team will bank on experience as their forte.
Skipper George Aporu, Setter Smith Okumu, Emma Elanyu and Fahad Zzungu posse that much needed experience to keep the team afloat with other heavy weights.
Nemostars’ participation at this year’s biennial tournament means that they won’t take part in the Ndejje Open, a tourmanet that will mark the return to play of local Volleyball since last year.
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