Tropical Bank M.D Sameh Muhamood Krekshi (second left) hands over a dummy cheque to Hajji Twahil Kiteezaala the UMEA Games Chaiirperson as Treasurer Hajji Ali Mugagga Kasule and Publicity Ayub Khalifani Kiyinji look on at the bank offices, Lugogo Sub branch in Kampala Credit: Ham Agency

2017 UMEA Games:

  • Good Friday – Easter Monday
  • At Welden S.S & Nyamitanga S.S playgrounds, Mbarara
[/media-credit] Tropical Bank M.D Sameh Muhamood Krekshi (second left) hands over a dummy cheque to Hajji Twahil Kiteezaala the UMEA Games Chaiirperson as Treasurer Hajji Ali Mugagga Kasule and Publicity Ayub Khalifani Kiyinji look on at the bank offices, Lugogo Sub branch in Kampala Credit: Ham Agency

Organizers of the 2017 Uganda Muslim Education Association (UMEA) solidarity games have got something special to build barely three days to the kick off of the annual event in Mbarara.

On Tuesday, Tropical Bank unveiled a financial sponsorship worth Ug.shs 6.8M towards the noble cause.

The Bank’s Managing Director, Sameh Muhamood appreciated the spirit upon which these games are organized.

In his official address to the officials, graced by the media, Sameh was glad that the banking institution is willing to contribute towards the development of sports in Uganda.

Tropical Bank is honored to be part of the 2017 UMEA Games. We are committed towards sponsoring the event and pledge that we shall continue sponsoring this tournament.

Sport has become a unifying factor. It has no respect for tribe, religion, color or political inclination.

Sports provide entertainment as well as employment.

It is a universal language too. Winners will also open free accounts with Tropical Bank.

Chairperson of the UMEA Solidarirty Games Twahil Kiteezala addresses the media Credit: Ham Agency

Kiteezala, the Chairperson of the Uganda Muslim Sports Education Association was delighted with the support offered.

We thank the management of Tropical bank for such an offer.

The objectives of these games are to foster national unity, popularize muslim funded schools, ensure learners participate in national games and promote talent.

We encourage fair competition and enhanced inter-schools cooperation.

Other officials on the UMEA games organizing committee who attended the handover ceremony were Hajji Ali Mugaga, Hajji Hussein Lwebaawo and Ayub Khalifaani.

The bank will provide all the medals (gold, silver and bronze) for the winners.

[/media-credit] UMEA Secreatary General Hussein Lwebaawo Kyagulani addresses the media at Kibuli S.S at the second press conference held on Tuesday. On display are the medals and trophies that will be won at the games. Credit: Ham Agency

History of the Games:

The games were started in 1998 with only football.

Since that time, games as netball, volleyball, handball and girl’s football have been played.

New Games:

This year, badminton and Table Tennis are the new games on board.

The Table Tennis and Badminton federations have each donated six trophies apiece, playing equipment and will provide the technical expertise throughout the tournament

Last year’s event was held successfully by Masaka Secondary School.

This year’s UMEA Games will be held in at Welden and Nyamitanga Girls Schools.

Close to 30 schools whose background and foundation is built on the Islamic foundation will take part in the four day’s tournament that starts on Good Friday.

About 120 teams with close to 1500 students will take part in the games.

The tournament will climax on Easter Monday.

Kibuli S.S is the overall defending champion.

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

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