Uganda, Kenya win gold at East African International tournament
Kampala, Uganda, November 18, 2013 - It has taken Hannington Nsubuga eight years to play in his first ever
final at the Castle Lite Beach Volleyball International. And he
didn’t disappoint as he rolled back the years to eventually win
gold without dropping a single set in his six games at Lido Beach
Resort in Entebbe on Sunday.
Rotich and Yelena saw off Ugandan top seed Diana Agaba and Josephine Namnanda|
Kenyan pair of Edinah Rotich and Juma Yelena won the women’s title
after defeating Josephine Nammanda and Diana Agaba in straight sets
(21-15, 21-15). Uganda hosted teams from Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda in
the two day tournament.
Nsubuga / Isaac Omedo (UGA) beat Emmanuel Kato / Nicholas Dheyongera
(UGA) 2-0 : 21-19, 21-18
Nsubuga, who was paired with Isaac Omedo, saw off Emmanuel Kato and Nicholas
Dheyongera in straight sets in an all Uganda affair.
“It is a sweet
victory,” said Nsubuga. “All the years have played beach
volleyball, and such a big tournament coming this late in my career
is really sweet."
game filled with endless rallies all over the sand saw experience and
endurance prevail over power as Nsubuga and Omedo needed 20 minutes
to claim the first set 21-19. Nsubuga and Omedo kept on interchanging
their services between Dheyongera and Kato, disorganizing the latter
Kato and Dheyongera fancied the spiking
technique as Nsubuga and Omedo continued to dump the ball in open
spaces. With Nsubuga and Omedo leading 16-15, Kato served out, he
later spiked out to give away an 18-15 lead. Kato and Dheyongera
recovered to make it 19-17.
is when Omedo pulled off a master block against Kato to serve for a
match point. And they later won it 21-18 in nineteen minutes.
amazing,” said Omedo. “An international event is one you don’t
win every weekend, it comes once a year."
and Dheyongera didn’t seem to be disappointed at all.
was to play in the final, anything beyond that was going to be bonus
to us,” Kato said.
and Omedo’s victory earned Uganda a fourth straight mens’s gold
and sixth overall, but they also ended Ambrose Otwao and Dickens
Otim’s reign. The latter had won the international tournament three
Rotich / Yelena Juma (KEN) beat Diana Agaba Tukundane / Josephine
Nammanda (UGA) 2-0: 21-15, 21-12
and Yelena saw off Ugandan top seed Diana Agaba and Josephine
Namnanda in straight sets (21-15, 21-15), in a match that the
Ugandans put little resistance. “My first time to take part
in this tournament, and finishing with gold is really remarkable,”
said Rotich after the final.
wasn’t even playing with her usual partner as Eunice Maiyo had
league playoffs games here in Kenya. But what Yelena lacked in
attack, she compensated that with good court cover, and
not easy to pick a beach partner, but with Maiyo not available,
Yelena gave her all, and the results speak for themselves,” added
Rotich. Yelena and Rotich dropped only one set throughout the two day
Hannington Nsubuga / Isaac Omedo (UGA)
Emmanuel Kato / Nicholas Dheyongera (UGA)
Otwao / Dickens Otim (UGA)
Edinah Rotich / Yelena Juma (KEN)
Diana Agaba / Josephine Nammanda (UGA)
Busingye / Christine Alupo (UGA)