The Uganda national scrabble team has on Wednesday been flagged off by National Council of Sports (NCS) ahead of the 2019 East, Central and Southern African Championship.
NCS acting General Secretary, Patrick Bernard Ogwel, on behalf of government flagged off a team of eight players to Zambia ahead of the championship slated for 19th-21st April 2019.
The eight players include Christopher Ntege who also doubles as the President of the Uganda Scrabble Federation, Chris Kalibala, Edgar Odongkara and Mark Okwir who works at Lira main hospital.
The others are Rose Kisembo, Linda Alyek, Greens Kamugisha and Edwin Mugisha who is seed number one in Uganda.
Mugisha indicated he is ready to make sure he excels at the tournament and looks forward to improving from the sixth position that he posted last year.
“I’m ready and we are committed as a team to go and represent Uganda. Our target is to improve as a team and maybe win the tournament. Last year, I finished sixth but I want to get a better placing this time,” said Mugisha.
While flagging off the team, Ogwel stated that as a government organ, NCS is committed to promoting every sports discipline scrabble inclusive.
“As government, we are committed to promoting sports in the country. We promised to support all the 48 sports federations including scrabble and we have been able to avail them with eight return tickets to Zambia. This is the biggest team that is travelling I’m the history of the game. We wish them success and hope they return as winners.”
Defending champions Kenya have been dominant in the championship winning it a record six times since its inception in 2003.
Uganda’s best finish at the tournament came in 2014 when the team scooped silver (finished second).
- Dr Chris Ntege
- Dr Mark Okwir
- Edwin Mugisha
- Linda Alyek
- Rose Kisembo
- Greens Kamugisha
- Chris Kalibala
- Edgar Odongkara