KAMPALA. The NSSF Volleyball League play-offs don’t start until October 11 but women defending champions Ndejje Elites are already feeling the pressure.
While nearly half of the players have won the league title back to back, Ndejje Elites have not been so lethal this regular season.
They have won only one tournament – the Makerere Open – this term. Last year, Ndejje were unstoppable, winning four Open tournaments besides clinching the league title.
“We have not really had a good season though many will argue we have only lost once in the league so far,” Ndejje coach Johnson Kawenyera said. On paper, Ndejje will be favourites when they take on Nkumba in the play-off semifinals but Kawenyera is urging his players not to take anything for granted.
“I know we beat Nkumba twice in the regular season but playoffs are a different ball game,” noted the coach. Ndejje are without Jessica Kaidu (expecting) and her absence has been a big blow to the two-time national champions.
Kawenyera has been forced to rely on inexperienced Winnie Nakabuubi this term. Recently, though, he signed twin sisters Margaret Mwanji and Emma Njeri. “Winnie has not done a bad job since Kaidu left. She is learning on the job and now she has the backing of two young setters, ” added Kawenyera.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor