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Uganda volleyball team blames NTSA for loss to Kenya

Uganda’s national women volleyball team players and officials seem to be latest victims of the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) officials.

Nairobi News understands the team was left stranded for four hours on Thursday, when the bus they were travelling in was detained by police at the roadside near Nakuru.

The bus driver was separately arrested and charged with over-speeding.

The Ugandan side was heading to Nairobi from Kampala to compete in the women’s World Championship qualifiers.


“They (police officers) didn’t ask for bribes but seemed intent on frustrating us. Detaining our players for that long without offering alternatives when we are travelling for a sporting assignment isn’t diplomatic. That fatigue caused us to perform below par against Kenya,” an official of the team told Nairobi News.

The youthful Uganda team lost 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-12) to hosts Kenya in the opening match on Friday, and are set to return to the courts on Saturday for their second fixture in the competition against Egypt.

Rwanda completes the four-team competition whose top two finishers will not only qualify for the Africa Nations Championship in Egypt later this year, but also remain in course to qualifying for the World Championship in Japan next year.