Defending champions Kenya has selected a strong side ahead of the 16th edition East Africa Golf Challenge slated to tee off from 26-28 August at the par 71 Entebbe Club.

The Kenya Golf Union selected a side on Tuesday that includes five top amateur players and four juniors the side will be led by Robinson Owiti, who was named the captain others include Nelson Simwa, John Karichu, Tony Omuli, Alfred Nandwa while the juniors are Tahir Mohamed, Daniel Nduva, Mathew Wahome and Adel Balala.

The team will be led by the Kenya Golf Union chairman Peter Warui, tournament director Anthony Muhoro and team coach Anil Shah.

“We need to practice together and plot how we are going to play in Uganda. That is the only way we will be able to defend the title, we don’t need to train in two different venues and we are one team,” Vet Lab’s Owiti who is currently third in the Golfer Of The Year standings told Kenya Golf Guide.

Kenya will be seek for a hattrick at this year’s edition, but will have to overcome a strong Uganda side that will be announced on Monday 18th. Uganda tasted victory in this team event in 2009 on the same course and defended it the following year.

The East Africa Golf Challenge event remains one of the most prestigious golf competitions in East Africa. It was first played in 1999 in Kenya and it involves the members of East Africa Community.

Last year Ethiopia was invited to participate and they have also confirmed their participation in this year’s event.

Competing countries include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia. The format involves 4 rounds of golf with singles, foursomes, four ball better ball and final singles. Each country has eight players and a reserve.

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