Poor management, on and off the field, and run-of-the-mill-syndicated calls have left the once-a-year Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC) invitational international club event to waste, yet far behind the desired competition standards. And, such state of affairs continues to gush because local clubs have vowed to “leave the thing to the owners – KAVC”, and the few foreign teams that grace the event from the East African Community, adjoining Countries.
The other break apart local Volleyball clubs, shunning the tourney, gone are the days when the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) sponsored championships, still held its true competition meaning. Lately, both the locals and foreign teams don’t feel value for their money, citing the big bug that has evaded the management and organizers of the event both on, and off its playing field.
Goodness, the organizers have twelve months from the time the last edition was held to put to ‘waste or to proper use’ the workers’ money collected by the National Fund (NSSF). Nonetheless, when the next edition arrives, KAVC, the event hosts put together a no-show and spoil the participating club’s party. It’s either by syndicated refereeing or even poorly managing the normally three days long tournament.
Something that sounds ridiculous is after the long weekend of action, even if that was a dire home defeat how can the crowns go begging to Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR) – both men and women teams. This meant to many that the locals were not up to the challenge as shared by the foreign clubs at Lugogo MTN Indoor Arena over the weekend.
From start to end, Uganda volleyball club teams looked miserable on courts for the foreign challenge. This is evident that both accolades for men and women went to Rwanda’s APR. Of course, it had to be, but this is the glaring truth that faces the new managers and sponsors of the event. And it certainly does not help that KAVC’s and other local clubs’ abilities to rebuild on embarrassingly mediocre performances which, has substantially affected by the move where local competitive volleyball clubs have all gone absent.
The move is intentional though. They want distance themselves as they avoid the intentional game politics, and, calling on the desire of the KAVC family to display a serious amount of time to re-organize before they continue spending workers` cash on nothing tangible. KAVC are the record winners of this tournament with 7 men’s and 8 women’s championships. That was when the competition still ran on the organized and competitive ground.
For the just conclude tournament 10 teams in the women’s category and 16 teams for the men’s category took part. But much on the men’s championships. In the men’s category it was all misery. the locals had only Police, Prison, KAVC-B, KAVC-A, SKY, ELYON, KCCA and Orange Block Busters (OBB) on the Ugandan fighting front. Even as KAVC tried to book a double-faced team in the names of KAVC ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams the thing was local teams no longer want to arrive into a crappy thing.
Without qualification standards, why would Series A, B and C men national Volleyball league playing teams not participate in the tourney? Where has the Tigers, Nemo-Stars, Sport-S, and Ndejje University Elites, for instance gone and why are they not listed to play for the championship wares? So many questions. Yet KAVC management and organization members have the answers to them. Congratulations to APR men and women teams. KAVC are still organizing and re-organizing.
- Mr. Daniels N. Tatya is an affluent Sports Writer, Commentator and Editor. His over 15 years of covering almost major sporting events makes him a revered and an authority on investigative Sports journalism in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected] +256(0)758268315
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