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NSSF KAVC International Tournament Kicks Off: How Did Tanzania Fare?

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The NSSF-KAVC (Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club) International Tournament was recently held at the MTN Indoor Arena & Lugogo Hockey Grounds, Kampala, Uganda. How exactly did Tanzania fare?

The latest NSSF-KAVC (Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club) International Tournament that took place between August 5th – 7th at the MTN Indoor Arena & Lugogo Hockey Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, was the 24th edition since it all began back in 2000. It’s the first time it was held in two years due to the COVID-19 Pandemic that put everything on pause.

Rwandese side Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR) Volleyball Club won both the men’s and women’s events, and Tanzania didn’t fare as well. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of this year’s tournament.

Who won this year’s women’s NSSF-KAVC tournament?

The men’s and women’s teams that represent Rwanda’s Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR) Volleyball Club both recently won their respective events at the NSSF-KAVC Tournament. The women’s team won on the final day of the event. They ended up going two sets up, winning 25-19 in the first set and then 27-25 in the second set.

However, KCCA VC clawed their way back to win the next two sets, 25-20, 26-24. APR then went on to win the fifth and final set 16-14 in a closely fought match. Tanzania didn’t fare so well and failed to reach the finals. Did you know that you can bet on volleyball in Tanzania and in other African nations and also on a wide range of other major global sports right now at several fully licensed gambling sites?

For example, one of the major events you can bet on right now is the Volleyball World Championship, which is scheduled to end on September 11th. The current favourites to win this year’s Pool E group is Italy. They are currently priced at -770 to win in American/Moneyline odds. If you prefer to bet in UK fractional odds, it equates to 1/8, and if you prefer to bet in European decimal odds, it equates to 1.13. In other words, Italy are the clear favourites to win. In comparison, Turkey are currently priced at +800 (8/1, or 9.00) to win Pool E, and Canada are priced at +950 (19/2, or 10.50) to win.

In group F, for example, Argentina are the favourites to win with +125 (1/8, or 1.13) odds. Iran are second favourites to win the group with +145 (8/1, or 9.00) odds, and the Netherlands are currently priced at +280 (14/5, or 3.80) to win Pool F. The least favourite team to win Pool E is China, and the least favourite team to win Pool 5 is Egypt. China are currently priced at +3,000 (30/1, or 31.00), and Egypt are priced at +125 (5/4, or 2.25) to win. In most cases, you can place an individual bet from as little as $/€/£0.20 (or equivalent currency value).

Which teams took part in the NSSF-KAVC 2022 Tournament?

A total of ten women’s teams from three African nations took part in the event, and a total of 16 men’s teams from five African countries took part. Representing Uganda in the women’s event were KAVC, KCCA, KCB-Nkumba, Ndejje University, VVC, Espoir, OBB, and COBAP. Team COBRA represented South Sudan, and APR represented Rwanda.

Representing Uganda in the men’s event were KAVC-A, KAVC-B, SKY, KCCA, OBB, Police VC, Prisons, and Elyon. Teams Lion, Juba, and Cobra all represented South Sudan. Kagera (Bukoba region) and Kagera (Mutukula region) both represented Tanzania. Representing Rwanda were APR and REDG, and representing Burundi were GACOSMOS and Rukinzio.

The lead sponsors for this year’s event were NSSF, and the main co-sponsors were; Pallisa Agro-Processors, UVF, DHL, Ministry of Health, and Pepsi. It’s the twelfth year in a row that NSSF (National Social Security Fund, Uganda) has sponsored the event. The NSSF contributed Shs70,000,000 to help with the smooth running of this year’s volleyball tournament.  

Previous tournament winners

The last time the tournament took place was in 2019, just before the first COVID-19 lockdowns hit and basically closed everything down. The winner of this tournament in the women’s event was Uganda’s Nkumba University. They ended up beating another team from Uganda called Ndejje University 3-1 in sets. At this same tournament, a men’s team representing Kenya called Home Grown Volleyball club ended up beating Burundi’s Rukinzo side in straight sets, 3-0.

Since the tournament began twenty years ago, the most successful men’s team is KAVC, who have won on seven separate occasions, followed by a team called Sport-S, who have won a total of four times. The best women’s team is also KAVC, who have won a total of eight times, which is two more times than rivals KCCA. 

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