New Vision (Kampala)

7 August 2006

South Africa: Durban, Apr, Kiu Struggle for Yakan

Kampala — UNIVERSITY of Durban in South Africa, Nkumba University and leading Rwandan volleyball club APR are entangled in a fight to sign Uganda's most prolific player Lawrence Yakan.

Uganda Volleyball Federation (UVF) vice-president Nason Bwesigye, who doubles as Yakan's coach at Sport-S, said that all the three parties had promised to educate the engineering student for as long as he plays good volleyball and pay him sign on fees.

Although none of the sides has disclosed a fee for the 2004 USPA volleyballer of the year, they have all promised to offer the best deal in Ugandan volleyball history to the first big signing.

"We are monitoring the deal closely in order to advise him accordingly. He deserves a better one because he is arguably the best Ugandan at the moment," Bwesigye said.

Yakan last year discarded a deal with another Rwandan side Kigali Volleyball Club (KVC) after the club failed to pay him, Jeff Lwalanda and Luke Eitit sign on fees.

Yakan said that he is likely to join APR because they were better organised and their deal for him and the federation was also better.

Nkumba is divided on whether to offer part or full education sponsorship while Durban are yet to finalise the deal.

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