Uganda’s Volleyball legend Neko Muduse Ojala has been pronounced dead on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 75.
Ojala, Nemostars Club Patron, is said to have succumbed to Covid, days after his mother passed on recently.
He founded the Uganda Volleyball Federation in 1973 where he was the Secretary General until 1989. He also founded the Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club in 1970.
“It is terrible times that we are living in, its very very sad that our patron, mentor, the man who is the brain behind Volleyball in Uganda has passed,” said Former UVF President Haddija Namanda while speaking to The-SportsNation.
“He was not only for Volleyball but to the whole Sports Fraternity, he was raising players from nothing to greatness. I joined Volleyball after University with no idea of how Volleyball was played but in months time he mentored me to who I am today. He brained me and gave me a perspective of what it would take me to become a whollistic volleyball player.
“Anyone who went through his hands can attest. He was sacrificed his whole life to see NemoStars be where they are today just like he did for KAVC and all other clubs he formed. Its a big loss to Uganda, and sporting world because he is an icon to reckon with.”
“He believed in performance, he grew the game of Volleyball in Uganda from scratch, he leaves behind a big legacy.”
He was in 2005 awarded with a Life time achievement award by Uganda Volleyball Federation.
Ojala founded over 10 volleyball clubs during his time.
PROFILE IN BRIEF (via Inside Volleyball)
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)
Makerere University College – Captain (1968/1969); Chairman University Volleyball Club (1969)
Northcote Hall, Makerere – Captain (1968/1969)
Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC) – Founder (1970); Captain (1970-1974); Head Coach (1970-2000); Patron (1989-2000)
National Team – Founder (1974); Captain (1974-1981); Head Coach (1980-1989)
Kampala City Council VC (Girls) – Founder (1983); Head Coach (1983-1996)
Dairy Corporation VC – Founder (1984); Coach (1984-1985)
Uganda Commercial Bank VC – Founder (1985) Coach 1985
UNICEF VC – Founder (1984)
Nsambya VC – Founder (1985)
Uganda Police VC – Founder (1971)
Uganda Prisons VC – Founder (1972)
Uganda Army VC – Founder (1974); Coach (1975-1978)
Makerere University – Coach (1978-1982)
UNLA VC – Founder and Coach (1983)
Kansanga VC – Co-Founder (1985)
Gaba Seminary VC – Co-Founder (1986)
Nemostars VC – Founder (2005); Head Coach (2005-2009); Patron (2005-to date)
Makerere University College Tenniquoit Club – Chairman (1968)
Makerere University College Volleyball Club – Chairman (1969)
Uganda Volleyball Association (Now Federation) – Founder (1973); Secretary General (1973-1989); Co-Patron (2004-Todate)
Confederation of Commonwealth Volleyball Associations (COVO) –Founder Board Member (1980)
Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) – Executive Member (1982-1986)
Qualified FIVB coach (level-1 1982)
East and Central African Volleyball Confederation (ECAVCO) – Founder Member (1989); Vice-President (1989-1999); President (1999-2003)
Makerere University Open Volleyball Tournament (1969-2000)
Inter Post Primary Schools Volleyball Championships Circuit (1969-1975)
The Pepsi-Cola Volleyball Tourney (1972-1975)
District Championships in Masaka, Luwero and Mpigi (1990-1998)
Current Status: Retired Civil Servant (Pensioner)
1970-1978: Programmer/Systems Analyst (Senior-Chief-Principal)
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