Volleyball: Changes for Lady Cranes Ahead of Qualifiers

Following the two-week xenophobic attacks in South Africa, dosage youth under their umbrella body Free Voices Against Violence have condemned  what they termed as “despicable acts of terror” against fellow Africans by the locals.

Addressing journalists at Makerere University Guest House in Kampala on Monday morning, the youth said the errant killings of non-native South Africans has caused a great sense of grief, fear and resentment in the hearts of many Africans all over the continent.

“We don’t see an end to these attacks in the near future unless we all stand up against this inhuman behaviour by our brothers and sisters in South Africa. There is need to condemn it with all the possible means,” said the Free Voices against Violence President Brian Katabaazi.

According to the youth, the attacks in which several people have died and many more displaced it’s an act of betrayal of Africa’s financial and moral support in South Africa’s fight against racism and apartheid.

“We stood by them when they needed us most during Apartheid. Why should they turn against us at this time? It’s a shame to the continent that Africans are turning against their own brothers and sisters,” said Free Voices against Violence spokesperson Ian Gumisiriza.

“In fact the African Union should put sanctions on South Africa in a bid to force their government bring to an end the Xenophobic Attacks against fellow Africans. If we received them with open hands here and established their training camps and bases while fighting Apartheid, why then harass us?” wondered Gumisiriza.

“We demand that the South African government puts to an end to these acts of terror within 48 hours or else we are starting a boycott campaign against South African goods and companies in Uganda in solidarity with the victims of the attacks.”

In an interview with Chimpreports, the organisation’s coordinator Herbert Burora however said both the South African government and the Zulu king are responsible for the many lives lost during the attacks on foreigners.


“The Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini initiated the attacks whereas the South African government has failed to stop the attacks and violence against foreigners. It’s indeed a shame if this is the price they are paying to Nelson Mandela for his 27 years at Robben island prison,” Burora explained.

The group has written to the police chief Gen. Kale Kayihura seeking for permission to match to the South African embassy in Kampala in protest against the Xenophobic attacks on fellow Africans.

MultiChoice which runs DStv and Gotv said in a statement today that it was “appalled by the acts of violence being perpetrated against our fellow brothers and sisters in South Africa” and “strongly condemns” these acts.

The attacks were reportedly triggered by remarks made by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini while addressing local policemen when he said that non- South Africans should pack up and leave their land, accusing them of numerous misdeeds amongst which is spreading the abuse of drugs, causing unemployment and fuelling insecurity.

The cultural leader has since called for an end to the unrest, saying he was misquoted by the media.

Hundreds have since been arrested in the shocking unrest whose implications have gripped the nation.
A total of six players have been lined up for national debut ahead of the Women’s All Africa Games Qualifiers scheduled to start this Tuesday.

All the new players included in the squad have competed at continental stages for their clubs prior to the call up.

The reigning NSSF Volleyball League MVP and VVC’s star Peace Busingye, pilule Joan Nabuuto, visit this Winnie Nakabuubi, order Adella Asimiire, Zaina Kagoya, and Margaret Namyalo are the players expected to make their debut for the Lady Cranes.

The assistant Coach Godwin Ssenyondo believes the debutant players will deliver for the team.

Talking to the federation media, he said, “They are a crop of talented and young players and that makes them a very good addition to the squad”.

The technical team also appointed receive attacker Josephine to skipper the team in this campaign.

She assumes the role from Christine Alupo who is ruled out due to a knee injury she picked at training and will be assisted by Astreede Agaba.

The rest of the squad members include; Astreede Agaaba, Saidat Nnungi, Gloria Nantege, Maureen Mwamula and Flavia Nandawula.


Bart Mutings is head coach taking over from his former head, Tonny Lakony who is in Germany for a High Performance Course.

Ssenyondo will deputise him while Ndejje’s Coach, Johnson Kawenyera will be the trainer and Mary Florence Nanyondo as the team manager in the duration of the tourney.

The team will enter the Games Village on Monday evening.

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