Kibuli's Anisha Muhammed fights for the ball with a Kawanda S.S player during the 2017 edition hosted by Mbarara High School Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

2018 UMEA Games:

At Nkoma Secondary School, Mbale

  • Reporting of schools & Screening: Thursday, 29th March 2018
  • Official Opening Ceremony: Friday, 30th March 2018 (At Mbale Municipal Stadium)
  • Closing Ceremony: Monday, 2nd April 2018

Preparations for a successful 2018 Uganda Muslim Education Association (UMEA) Solidarity games tournament are in a high gear.

[/media-credit] Officials from the 2018 UMEA Games organizing committee and Tropical Bank pose with the dummy cheque, medals and trophies Credit: Ham Agency

On Tuesday, 27th March 2018, the tournament organizers have been boosted with a financial package of Shs. 6.840,000 M (Six Million and eight hundred forty thousand) from Tropical bank.

The ceremony took place at the bank offices, Lugogo Sub branch in Kampala ahead of the games played by schools with a muslim background.

The 2018 games are slated for the Easter weekend (30th March to 2nd April 2018) at Nkoma School, Mbale.

A Relationship management manager at the bank Morris Mugwiri, lauded the UMEA games organizing committee members and the media.

We are happy to join hands with the organizing team of the UMEA Solidarity games. Sports has been significant to our country and its contribution. Let us embrace it wholesomely.

Sports boosts tourism and provides employment.

It is a big opportunity that you can not underrate. As a bank, we want to give back to the society through sponsorship of games as this UMEA tournament.

Let us create a symbiotic relationship for the betterment of the project. Tropical Bank will continue to support the UMEA games.

[/media-credit] Hajji Twahil Kiteezala, the chairperson of the UMEA Games organizing Committee Credit: Ham Agency

Hajji Twahil Kiteezala, the chairperson of the UMEA Games organizing appreciated Tropical Bank Limited for the generous offer, an incentive that will the games prosper for the better.

We are grateful for the financial contribution from the sponsors

We shall remain loyal to the Bank. The games have helped us build national character. We thank the students, games teachers, parents and the other partner

[/media-credit] Handball action in the 2017 UMEA games final between Kibuli and Mbogo High at Kakyeeka Stadium in Mbarara Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Games at the 2018 UMEA:

Schools shall compete in Football (girls and boys), Netball (girls), volleyball (boys and girls), Handball (Boys and Girls), Table Tennis (Girls and boys) as well as Badminton (Boys and girls).

[/media-credit] Girls football at the UMEA Games. Like in 2016 and 2017, girls football will also be played during the 20178 edition Credit: Kawowo Sports

A total of 41 schools have already confirmed participation for the four day’s championship that will be hosted at Nkoma Secondary school, Mbale District according to a top official, Hajji Hussein Luwembawo Kyagulanyi.

[/media-credit] Some of the trophies and medals to be awarded to the top performers (individuals and teams) Credit: Ham Agency

“All the schools are expected to report at Nkoma S.S in Mbale on Thursday, 29th March 2018 for registration, screening and to be allocated where to stay during the games” Hajji Luwembawo stated.

The official opening ceremony shall be held on Friday, 30th March 2018 at Mbale Municipal Stadium.

The Mbale main stadium will be used alongside other playing fields.

Bulambuli Member of Parliament and Minister of Energy and mineral resources, Hon. Irene Mutoni is the confirmed chief guest.

Sports power house Kibuli Secondary School is the record champion for the UMEA Games since inception  in 2007.

Last year, the UMEA games were hosted by Welden High School in Mbarara, Western Uganda.

All the different sporting disciplines winners in 2017:

  • Badminton (Boys): Kibuli S.S
  • Badminton (Girls): Mbogo High
  • Handball (Girls): Kibuli S.S
  • Handball (Boys): Kibuli S.S
  • Netball: Kibuli S.S
  • Football (Boys): Kasawo S.S
  • Football (Girls): Kawempe Muslim S.S
  • Table Tennis (Girls): Mbogo High School
  • Table Tennis (Boys): Mbogo College
  • Volleyball (Boys): Mbogo Mixed School
  • Volleyball (Girls): Kinawa High, Mugongo

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

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