African Youth Olympics Qualifiers:

1- Taieb Mohamad -Tunisia

2- Qatttara Mohhammed- Egypt

3-Hinde Kyle – Namibia

4-Alfred Okello – Uganda

As the rest of Ugandans happily celebrated the Country’s 51st Independence Anniversary off British Rule with the main event in Rukungiri District, Uganda’s Rowing Ambassador in Alfred Okello was over 5000 miles in the Tunisian Qabis City rowing on the famous Lake Tunis in a quest to qualify for the 2014 China Youth Olympics.

Sadly, Alfred Okello and Uganda at large suffered a heart breaking set back on the most important day (Independence) of Mother country Uganda as he narrowly missed finishing among the top 3 rowers in the African Junior Youth Olympics qualifiers currently going at Lake Tunis in Tunisia.

Tunisia’s Taieb Mohammed won the 2000 Meter race over the cool waters of Lake Tunis in a very competitive and thrilling race. Taieb, along side Egypt’s Qattara Mohhammed and Namibia’s Hinde Kyle directly qualify to the  2014 Nanjing Junior Olympics in China next September.

“It was a very competitive race for Alfred and the group.He missed by 3 seconds to become 4th out of the 6 nations in the finals.”, said Rodrick Muhumuza, his coach who was on the Lake Tunis  shores cheering and shouting instructions.

Okello had posted an impressive semi final timing of 8:06 on the Tuesday, and was determined to join female rower, Mbambu Constance for the 2014 Junior Olympics games.

However, Okello stands a chance of qualification on the wild card ticket. ” There is still a beam of hope because he is in line for a universality place”, his coach revealed to kawowo Sports.

The universality place announcements are made by International Olympic Committee (IOC) in recommendations from the International bodies of which , the world’s rowing body, FISA is accredited to.

Uganda’s senior rower, Gerald Ssemambo sets in the Arab waters on Friday (11th October 2013).

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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