Otim is the man to beat as the 2013 beach season starts in Uganda
Dickens Otim has started the quest for his second straight title on a high note. Teaming up with Ambrose Otwao, Otim remained the highest ranked player locally after he finished fourth at the Burundi International. On account of his performance in Burundi, Otim earned 70 points on top of the 275 from last season, taking his tally to 395 points. Otwao, whose performance from last season guaranteed him 230 points, is second with 350.
In the men’s category, Emma Kato returned with a bang this time round paired with a composed but lethal Dheyongera Nicholas to bag the season opener in a crowd tingling final that got them recovering in the second set to rally for the tie-break with an overall scoring of 2-1 (21-14, 19-21, 15-11). This might be the pairing of choice this year for both Kato and Dheyongera who seem to be holding the untamed winning formula, at least for now. The Omedo’s on the other hand evaded a determined onslaught from Uganda’s Under-21 national team of Elanyu Emma and Okurut John Mark in a three set semifinal winning 2-1 (21-14, 20-22, 15-4). The U21 side put up a spirited game, impressing the technical team in regard to their oncoming international duty when the African Under 21 World Cup qualifiers start next month.
Prossy Alobo’s steady pairing with Nakalema Hafsa paid off after all, when they brought down a seasoned duo of Nammanda Josephine and Agaba Diana in the women’s final 2-1 (16-21, 21-18, 15-5). The Alobo’s had earlier at semifinal seen off youthful Alupo Christine and Busingye Peace in straight sets 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) while their ultimate opponents too stopped the upcoming pair of Amuron Eunice and Luwedde Bitijuma in a close tie-break 2-1 (21-16, 19-21, 15-12) in the other semifinal.
On the other hand, Asimire Adela and Agaba Astride stood out from the swarm in the women’s Series-B innings teams, beating Kamede Grace and Akol Barbara in a direct-sets final 2-0 (21-19, 21-13) to top an eight team women’s crew.
The first vice-president of the Uganda Volleyball Federation, Godwin Ssenyondo presided over the awards ceremony. The Nile Breweries will continue to sponsor the tour returns on April 28, 2013 with the second leg.
Meanwhile Uganda's representatives at the Bora Bora Beach Volleyball International in Burundi, Buyungo Shilla & Nambasa Margaret as well as Otim Dickens & Okello Ambrose both settled for fourth position in the women's and men's category respectively.
* Nakalema Hafsa / Alobo Prossy beat Aketch Vivianne / Pajije Sharon 2-0 (21-17, 21-15)
* Alupo Christine / Busingye Peace beat Tabitha Mercy / Achieng Jackie 2-1 (22-20, 14-21, 15-12)
* Amuron Eunice / Luwedde Bitijuma beat Nnungi Saidat / Mwamula Maureen 2-1 (15-21, 21-18, 15-7)
* Nammanda Josephine / Agaba Diana beat Okecho Alice / Nuwagaba Sophie 2-0 (21-19, 21-16
* Nsubuga Hannington / Omedo Isaac beat Lakony Tonny / Kamugasha Pirrelinos
* Elanyu Emma / Okurut John Mark beat Rugaba Emma / Ahabwe Mike
* Kato Emma / Dheyongera Nicholas beat Kawenyera Johnson / Olila Jacobs (2-1) 21-10, 21-15
* Ainebyona Amon / Mwenyi Mathew beat Nsereko Deo / Bbaale Henry (2-0) 21-18, 21-19
* Nakalema Hafsa / Alobo Prossy beat Alupo Christine / Busingye Peace (2-0) 21-17, 21-15
* Nammanda Josephine / Agaba Diana beat Amuron Eunice / Luwedde Bitijuma (2-1) 21-16, 19-21, 15-12
* Nsubuga Hannington / Omedo Isaac beat Elanyu Emma / Okurut John Mark (2-1) 21-14, 20-22, 15-4
* Kato Emma / Dheyongera Nicholas beat Ainebyona Amon / Mwenyi Mathew (2-0) 21-0, 21-0
* Nakalema Hafsa / Alobo Prossy beat Nammanda Josephine / Agaba Diana (2-1) 16-21, 21-18, 15-5
* Kato Emma / Dheyongera Nicholas beat Nsubuga Hannington / Omedo Isaac (2-1) 21-14, 18-21, 15-11