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  • Event: 2017 UMEA Games
  • Date: 14th – 17th April
  • Venue: Welden High School, Mbarara
[/media-credit] Wagwa’s Moses Bwete and Frank Iga of Masaka S.S (Right) fight for the ball in the 2016 UMEA football games hosted by Masaka S.S Credit: Kawowo Sports

Mbarara based Welden High School will host the 2017 Uganda Muslim Education Association (UMEA) solidarity games.

The chairperson of the games sports committee, Hajji Twahil Kiteezala confirmed the development to Kawowo Sports.

Welden High School in Mbarara will host the 2017 UMEA Games.

We expect over 70 schools that will take part in football, netball, handball and volleyball

The Games are organized for all Muslim founded schools in Uganda.

Welden High school director Yasin Mugabi expressed gratitude for the organizing committee having trusted his school to host such prestigious games.

Mugabi, in an exclusive interview told Kawowo Sports;

It gives us special pride that we shall host the UMEA Games for 2017. We have done all the necessary preparations to see that the games are successfully and peacefully held.

The sports facilities are all in shape with the accommodation amenities all in place to host our visitors.

This is a special moment for the people of Mbarara to host the games.

Like it was at the previous edition held in Masaka, women football will also be played.

[/media-credit] Girls football at the UMEA Games. Like in 2016, girls football will also be played Credit: Kawowo Sports

Some of the expected schools:

The host school will be joined by a series of schools as record winners Kibuli S.S, Kasawo, Kakungulu Memorial,  Masaka S.S, Mawogola High, Sseke S.S, Nakatete S.S, Kibenge High, Kikungwe S.S, Kadugala S.S, BK Memorial, Kawempe Muslim S.S, London College, Gombe, Luyanzi College – Bweyogerere, Mbogo Mixed, Kinawa High, Bulo Parents, Kibale S.S, Bwala S.S, Waggwa Memorial, Lukaya, Lutengo, Kawanda S.S, Masaka Islamic Central among others.

In a related development, distant up-country schools from as far as Kasese and Yumbe have also expressed interest.

Football (boys and girls), netball (girls only), volleyball (boys and girls) and handball (boys and girls) are the confirmed games on menu.

Netball action at the 2016 UMEA Games in Masaka Credit: Kawowo Sports

Kibuli S.S is the overall defending champion.

Previous Performances:

2015 winners:

Football: Kibuli Ss

Netball: London College

Handball: (Boys)-Kakungulu Memorial School-Kibuli

Handball: (Girls) Gombe ss

Volleyball: (Boys) Kinawa High-Kawempe

Volleyball: (Girls) Kinawa High- Mugongo

2016 Championship:

Netball:

Quarters:

Mukono Parents 30 (45) – 30 (47) Ngando

Kawanda S.S 29 – 17 Bulo Parents

Kibuli S.S 30-25 Kadugala S.S

Gombe S.S 27-20 Masaka S.S

Semi-finals:

Ngando 22-26 Kibuli S.S

Kawanda S.S 29-17 Gombe

Finals: Kawanda S.S 16-21 Kibuli S.S

Handball Boys:

Semi-finals:

Kibuli S.S 29 – 12 Wagwa High

Kakungulu Memorial 15-14 Gombe

Third Place Match: Wagwa High 17-25 Gombe

Finals: Kibuli S.S 16-21 Kakungulu

Football (Boys):

Quarter finals:

Bulo Parents 0-3 Masaka S.S

Kibuli Juventus 1 (4) – 1 (5) Welden High, Mbarara

Bwikya 0 (4) – 0 (5) Wagwa High

Kibuli Flamingo 0-5 Kakungulu Memorial

Semi-finals:

Welden High 0 (3) – 0 (1) Kakungulu Memorial – Kako S.S ground

Wagwa High 0-2 Masaka S.S – Technical Ground (Scorers: Joseph Jjanjali, Isaac Ogwang)

Final: Masaka S.S 1-0 Welden High

Girls Football (Semi-finals):

Kawempe Muslim 0-1 Kakungulu Memorial – Gayaza play ground

Masaka S.S 2-0 Gadafi Intergrated – Masaka Recreational

Final: Masaka S.S 1-0 Kakungulu Memorial (Goal scorer: Catherine Nakiridde -16thminute)

Volleyball:

Boys Final: Mbogo Mixed 3-0 Luyanzi College, Bweyogerere

Set Scores: 25-23, 25-21, 25-20

Girls Final: Kawempe Muslim 0-3 Kinawa Mugongo

Set Scores: 20-25, 18-25, 19-25

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

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