Uganda’s hopes of qualifying for the African Volleyball Cup were shattered as the team finished 3rd at the FIVB Africa Zone V volleyball championship.
Despite a perfect start that included defeating Kenya in the opening game, Uganda failed to make the two slots that would earn her a slot in the coveted.
A loss to Rwanda on Sunday dented Uganda’s hopes and despite winning South Sudan, the chances of qualification hugely depended on the game between Rwanda and Kenya.
Kenyan volleyball team emerged winners after beating Rwanda in their final game. They had also eased past South Sudan in their second game.
This was thanks to a 3-1(25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21) win against host Rwanda on Monday at the Amahoro indoor Stadium in Kigali.
The result seemed to have completely ended Uganda’s hopes even after defeating South Sudan earlier on.
Uganda needed Rwanda to win against Kenya to at least qualify as the second best team a thing that never happened.
The Kenyan side coached by Moses Epolot had succumbed to Uganda in the first match of the CAVB zone V World Championship qualifier on Saturday 2-3(24-26, 21-25, 25-17, 26-24, 12-15).
However, they made amends to win against South Sudan on Sunday 3-0(25-17, 25-10, and 25-15) to revive their slim chances of making it to Africa Cup of Nation that will be staged in Egypt in October.
Kenya eventually topped the tournament with seven points while hosts Rwanda had six.
Uganda finished 3rd on five points whilst South Sudan ended bottom of the table with no point.