For the second year running, Ndejje University successfully clinched the 9th Eastern Africa University games overall title.

This was during the 9th edition of the tourney concluded at Uganda Christian University (UCU) main campus, Mukono in Uganda (15th – 21st December 2014).

Kawowo Sports’ David Isabirye presents the reasons behind the Luweero based institution’s magic towards their remarkable heroics.

Adequate Preparations:

When winning their second title, Ndejje University sports Tutor, Paul Mark Kayongo attributed the adequate team’s preparations right from the time when the Dar es Salaam games were held in 2012.

From the sports facilities, equipment and other logistical presence, Ndejje University have been spot on.

Kayongo attested;

The victory for Ndejje University is a manifestation that our university’s investment in sports facilities, recruitment of athletes has eventually reaped fruits

University Administration Fully Embraces Sports:

Efficient and effective management systems also pass wholesome workable, desirable but achievement policies.

Ndejje University management has fully appreciated the value of sports in a country.

Ndejje University invests over U.shs 2 billion in sports per semester with student bursaries (over 150), equipment, allowances, facilities and other miscellaneous costs along the way.

Little wonder therefore, the highly motivated skilled sportsmen have no excuse than produce the results expected of them.

 Wonder  Talent Recruitment  Antics:

The total of 98 medals garnered (34 gold, 28 silver and 36 bronze) is not by accident.

There are special brains behind the recruitment and talent search of skilled students right from primary through to secondary schools.

It is reportedly said Ndejje University has close to 50 well remunerated sporting scouts for the respective sporting disciplines within and out of the country.

Strong Hold Sporting Disciplines:

Ndejje University picked an avalanche of gold medals in Woodball (9), Athletics (9), Swimming (4), Taekwondo (3), Table Tennis (2), Karate (1), Darts (2) and Badminton (4).

Such a collection easily beats Universities that concentrated on team events where for instance a hockey, football or rugby team of 20 players, whose prime target is to win just one team gold.

Since woodball was introduced in Uganda, Ndejje University has concentrated on the game and bred new talents who have become household names of the sport.

Add athletics, Karate, Swimming and Taekwondo, their basis is to have teams which can bring in as many medals as possible.

In fact only Kampala International University (KIU) came close to narrowing down Ndejje’s gold tally after posting 32 gold medals, 18 of these from one event – Swimming.

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.

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)

5th Edition: 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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