By Thomas Odongo
Uganda’s volleyball outfit Nkumba University on Sunday won the 2018 edition of the Rwanda Genocide Memorial Tournament at the Amahoro Indoor Stadium in Kigali.
Nkumba University which is a Ladies side defeated KCB Volleyball Club of Kenya by 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-19).
The Kenyans had taken an early lead when they claimed the first set but that was the end of the show for them as the Uganda’s side ran riot winning three straight sets.
The win is also Uganda’s first ever victory in the annual tournament but now they are looking forward to building on that.
In the tournament ranking, Nkumba finished first, Kenya’s KCB second while the Rwandan duo of RRA VC and APR VC finished third and fourth respectively.
Nkumba’s Astreede Agaba was named tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP), Doreen Akiteng was named best setter while their other colleague Flavia Nandawula also bagged best libero honors.
Winner’s in both men’s and women’s pools bagged Rwf1,000,000 while runners up bagged Rwf600,000 as second runners up were consoled with Rwf400,000 on top of trophies and medals.
The annual tournament is organised in memory of local volleyball players, coaches, administrators, fans and other Rwandans who were killed during the 1994 Genocide.
Other sports disciplines are also organised in memory of the genocide and Uganda has always embraced the Kigali do.
Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) had pumped Rwf4.5m (Ush22m) for this year’s competition and also to cater for the prize money.