Uganda coach mulls over choice of new captain
Kampala Uganda, July 12, 2013 - Ahead of the pool H women's African qualifier for the 2014 Women's World Championship due to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from July 23 to 27, Uganda coach Tony Lakony is still weighing his options for the post of team captain.
Lakony revealed that he will consider a number of qualities in making his choice of captain ahead of the qualifications.
“To be honest I am still weighing my options,” Lakony said. “But I am looking for discipline, commitment, leadership skills and maturity,” he added.
Experienced stars like Josephine Namanda (30 years), Prosy Alobo (27), Shilla Omuriwe (35) could be some of the players Lakony may consider.
“After consultations with my assistants, it’s from these four that we will choose the captain and her assistant.”
“My captain has to be my representation on court, and whoever I chooseI need to be sure they will do as I expect,” Lakony added.
Despite meeting all Lakony’s criteria, Omuriwe could be over looked in this development since libero players are not allowed to be captains.
Alobo and Betty Busingye are the only members of the team that last competed at the 2007 Women's African Nations Championship in Nairobi.
KCCA’s Hasfa Nakalema and the KAVC duo of Irene Adeke and Rachael Mugabi have opted out of the games because of tight work schedules.
“We will work with the players we have,” he said. "A national team is made up of the best available players and not necessarily the best known players."
Lakony did admit that he will miss Nakalema the most. “She (Nakalema) is one of her kind in many ways,” he said. “She is a utility player who is self-motivated and we will surely miss her services,” added Lakony.
The selected squad includes: Prossy Alobo, Eunice Amuron, Jesca Kaidu, Christine Alupo, Saidi Nnungi, Betty Busingye, Josephine Namanda, Gloria Nantege, Farida Namajja, Maureen Mwamula, Astreede Agaaba, Flavia Nandawula, Eunice Nuwabigaba and Shilla Omuriwe Buyungo.
Lakony is assisted by Godwin Ssenyondo and Peter Buyungo