For the past two years, no team from Uganda has come out triumphant at the annual Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC) International.
Besides Sky Volleyball Club who won the men’s title in 2014, teams from especially from Rwanda and Kenya have dominated the tournament.
The hosts themselves (KAVC) have now gone 5 successive years without testing victory.
The anticipation is however high ahead of the 2017 KAVC International (21st edition) scheduled between August 19-20.
The number of teams taking part is expected to increase up to about 36 teams from the 22 that competed last year.
KAVC President, Amon Ainebyona believes the competition will be stiffer this year both from the local and foreign teams.
“We believe this year’s edition will be better than the previous ones in terms organization and competition,” he said during the launch of the 21st edition at UOC offices in Lugogo on Tuesday.
“We expect the number of teams taking part to increase and we have already reached out to quite a number and only awaiting confirmation,” Ainebyona added.
He also went on to highlight that the objective of the tournament is to provide high level of competitive environment through convergence of the region’s top teams.
Prime Sponsors, National Social Security Fund (NSSF) are expected to unveil their sponsorship package towards the event on 15th August.
About the tournament
The KAVC International is an annual tournament staged to celebrate the existence of one of the pioneer volleyball clubs in Uganda.
The team was founded in 1970 but the tournament started in 1995 as the club was commemorating their silver jubilee. Since then the tournament has been organized annually with several teams across the region taking part.
UNIK from Rwanda won the men’s category last year edging past Sky Volleyball club 3-2 in the finals while Aspire Volleyball club (Kenya) defeated Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) 3-0 to win the women’s title.
Teams expected to take part
Local teams: Men – KAVC A, KCCA, Matrix volleyball club, Western Volleyball club, Uganda Prisons, KAVC B, Sport-S,Air force and Sky Volleyball club.
Women – KAVC A, KAVC B, Ndejje University, Nkumba University, KCCA, Espoir, Vision Volleyball Camp and Sport-S.
Men: Rukunzo (Burundi), Aspire, Kenya Pipe Line, Administration Police, GSU(All from Kenya),UNIK, APR, University of Tourism, Rwanda Energy Group (All from Rwanda), Cobra Volleyball club (South Sudan) and Jeshi stars and MANGEREZA(Tanzania).
Women: Aspire, Kenya Pipeline, KCB (All from Kenya), Rwanda Revenue Authority, APR, Kigali Volleyball club (All from Rwanda), Jeshi stars and MANGEREZA(Tanzania).