9th Eastern Africa University Games:

Overall Winner: Ndejje University

1st Runners Up: Kampala University University (KIU)

2nd Runners Up: Uganda Christian University (UCU)

The euphoria that surrounded the Uganda Christian University (UCU) main campus on Sunday openly spoke volume of the significance of retaining a championship crown.

For the second time running Ndejje University has successfully defended the Eastern Africa University games overall title after toppling 47 other Universities at the week long biennial event that concluded on Sunday.

We prepared adequately for the games. After our triumph in Dar es Salaam two years ago, there was need to plan and successfully defend the crown.

A jovial Ndejje University Sports Tutor, Paul Mark Kayondo told Kawowo Sports shortly after being crowned.

How Ndejje University Won:

Becoming the second university to win back to back titles after record champions,Makerere University’s 5 successive titles (between 2000-2006), Ndejje University capitalized on the 18 golds picked from their ‘traditional’ sports – woodball and athletics (9 apiece) to add to the triumphs in Swimming (4),Taekwondo (3), Table Tennis (2), Karate (1), Darts(2) and Badminton (4).

Athletics: One of Ndejje University’s strong holds at the games

Kampala International University gave Ndejje University a bloody nose coming short of 2 golds to Ndejje University’s 34.

Hosts UCU collected finished third with a total of 13 gold medals, 15 silver and 14 bronze whilst Kenyatta collected 12 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze to not only scoop the best foreign university’s tag but also the 4th overall on the final standings.

Individual Disciplines:

Kenyan Methodist University won women’s football after toppling 6 other Universities in a round robin format.

Makerere and Kyambogo Universities took the second and third slots respectively.

Former Asante Kotoko F.C (Ghanian Premier League team) left winger, Joseph Ochaya master-minded a tournament winning performance, scoring 7 goals to help Kyambogo University scoop the football gold.

Kyambogo overcame David Ndihabwe’s Makerere University 2-1 in an exciting final duel played at the UCU Main Stadium.

Faruku Miya leaves a Makerere University defender for dead enroute scoring Kyambogo’s opener in the final

In the finals, Uganda Cranes and Vipers F.C striker, Faruku Miya netted an 8th minute strike to take a first half lead before Makerere University equalized through Sports Club Victoria University (SCVU) towering midfielder, David Ndihabwe 4 minutes after the game restart from the half time break.

The match looked destined for a draw and possible penalties but midfielder, Andrew Tumusiime had other thoughts altogether.

Tumusiime utilized goalie Paul Etyang’s howler to slot home the winner 2 minutes from full time and spark wild celebrations from the cheering Kyambogo University fans.

Hosts UCU took rugby honors after overcoming the much fancied Makerere University 28-14 in the finals.

8 universities took part in the rugby event held for 2 days at Namilyango College with Makerere University winning silver.

In swimming, KIU had a clean sweep with a whooping 20 gold medals in both the men and women categories.

Who dived Best won Gold: Swimming action at Kampala Parents Swimming Pool

Kenya’s USIU came second with 8 gold medals with Kenyatta bagging 7, while Uganda’s Ndejje picked 5.

Nkumba University won the women netball category after a nail biting finish, beating UCU 24-21.

Netball action during the preliminary rounds

Chess (both men and women) was won by Makerere University with UCU becoming second in women as Nkumba University played second fiddle in the men gender.

Nkumba University won both the men and women Volleyball gold medals as UCU replicated the same feat in Basketball.

UCU Lady Canons whipped Strathmore University from Kenya 74-43 in a one sided women basketball final

Darts was taken by Ndejje University with UCU and KIU following in second and third slots respectively.

Kenyan Methodist University bagged 8 gold medals to triumph in Taekwondo sport, followed by Ndejje University (3) and Kenya’s USIU on 2 gold medals.

It was an all-Kenyan affair in Hockey. Strathmore University beat compatriots Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in the men’s event.

Kenya’s Strathmore beat Jomo Kenyatta 3-1 in a tense hockey final at Lugogo Stadium in Kampala

USIU Ladies took gold after whipping University of Eldoret 4 goals to nil. University of Eldoret (men) and Kisii (Ladies) took bronze.

Ndejje University’s victory means the second successive victory for the Ugandan University after the Dar es Salaam heroics two years ago.

Only two Ugandan universities have won the event with record winners, Makerere University (6 time successive winners) finishing a disappointing 7th overall.

Egerton University from Kenya won the inaugural edition in 1999.

48 universities took part in the week long event, the first to be hosted by a private charted university in the history of the games.

Over 5000 participants have been part of the games in 18 different sporting disciplines.

ALL WINNERS:

1st Edition: 1999 – Egerton University (Kenya)

2nd Edition: 2000– Makerere University (Uganda)

3rd Edition: 2002 – Makerere University (Uganda)

4th Edition: 2004 – Makerere University (Uganda)

5thEdition: 2006– Makerere University (Uganda)

6th Edition: 2008– Makerere University (Uganda)

7th Edition: 2010– Makerere University (Uganda)

8th Edition: 2012– Ndejje University (Uganda)

9th Edition: 2014– Ndejje University (Uganda)

FINAL MEDAL TALLY TOP 10:

No.

University

TOTAL

 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

1

Ndejje University

34

28

36

2

Kampala International University

32

15

11

3

Uganda Christian University

13

15

14

4

Kenyatta University

12

18

19

5

United States International University  

11

9

9

6

Kenya Methodist University

9

2

3

7

Makerere University

7

9

11

8

Nkumba University

4

2

2

9

Makerere University Business School

3

3

6

10

International University Of East Africa

3

3

3

      

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

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