By Ritah Tugumisirize
Teams that represented Uganda in the second edition of Africa schools championship in Accra Ghana presented their medals to the National Council of Sports on Monday, 7th January, 2019.
Uganda was represented by six players; the ladies team from Mbogo High School and the men’s team from Kakungulu Memorial School.
Both teams won 8 medals including one Gold from the men singles and 7bronze medals from individual tournaments.
The teams did not participate in team events due to insufficient players since only 6 travelled yet four were required per team, if they were to participate in the team events. Team captains, Brian Kasirye and Husina Kobugabe said it was challenging but are grateful upon winning something from the competitions.
”We were stopped from participating in the team events, we thought we would defend our trophy that we won in 2017 but it didn’t happen, but despite the challenges we are happy we won these medals. I won the Gold medal in the men singles and that’s a great achievement for us,” said the men’s team captain Brian Kasirye.
“Our ladies team also didn’t participate in the team events but we tried our best in the individual tournaments and brought these bronze medals home,” added Husina Kobugabe.
The Nation Council of Sports acting general secretary David Katende congratulated the team and thanked them for representing the country despite the challenges, pledging continous support.
“I want to congratulate the two teams that represented Uganda in Accra Ghana despite the challenges, Badminton is one of the promising games we have in country and we want to see you in the Olympics. We shall continue to give you all the necessary support,” said David Katende.
This was the second time Uganda participated in the Africa Schools championships.