Uganda is Fairing Well at EAC Military Games

August 23, 2014 6:50 pm0 comments by:

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‘Team Uganda’ (UPDF) that left for Zanzibar on August 18, 2014 to participate in the EAC Military games and culture events 2014 has started the competition on a high note with four wins, one draw and one loss in the games played.

The competition that was officially opened on August 20, 2014 has seen the UPDF netball team that played on August 22, 2014 beat Kenya Defence Forces team 30-28.

The basketball match too was in favour of the UPDF against the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) with 49-39 score. UPDF handball team also beat their Rwanda counterparts with 33-25 score.

In the matches played on August 21, 2014, UPDF netball team beat Rwanda team with 80-12 goal, whereas Uganda handball made a draw against Rwanda with 26-26 score. However, the Uganda football team lost to Kenya 1-2.

Tanzania basket ball team beat Rwanda with 67-56 score.

The games were officiated by the UPDF Chief of Education, Sports, and Culture,Brig. Phenihas Katirima, Defence Liaison Officer (Kenya) at the EAC secretariat in Arusha, Col Walter Mukomah, Col JB Ngiruwonsanga of Rwanda and UPDF’s Brig Moses Rwakitarata who heads the “Team Uganda”.

The 8th EAC military games and cultural events 2014, under the theme “ONE PEOPLE, ONE DESTINY THROUGH EAC MILITARY GAMES AND CULTURAL EVENTS”, has attracted participants from all the EAC member States who are competing in five sports disciplines of football (men), netball (women), handball (men), basketball (men) and cross country (men and women ).

The Games competition will run till 31 August 2014.

While flagging off the team to Zanzibar at the Ministry of Defence Headquarter at Mbuya, Lt Gen Angina said the games are aimed at building cohesion amongst the EAC armed force and rekindling the spirit of EAC.

He added that much as the main team objective is winning, it should be achieved with game discipline.

“Do not play “kufa na kupona” (do or die) game. Win in the spirit of brotherhood or sisterhood, without injury on either side,” he cautioned.

 

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