BY MEDDIE KITYO
THE eighth edition of the Uganda Muslim Education Association (UMEA) Solidarity Games have been today Tuesday officially launched at the 2020 host Kawanda Secondary School.
This year, UMEA Games will be held during Easter holidays, kick off is 9th to 13th April 2020 at various play grounds within Kawanda SS and the vicinity.
Last year games were hosted by Kasawo Islamic Secondary School with Mbogo Mixed winning the overall Championship.
Addressing the media during today’s launch, UMEA Sports Committee chairman Haji Twahil Kitezeela retaliated the essence of these games which started in1998.
“The UMEA Solidarity Games are intended to forge unity among the Muslim Community, schools and our students. They are intended to promote Muslim Secondary Schools in Uganda, prepare UMEA school teams for National games as well as provide entertainment.” Said Haji Kitezeela during the press confrence.
He revealed that this year games will be incorporated with the theme of ‘Nature conservation’ with the main activity inclined along tree planting.
Haji Kitezeela was flanked by the Director Kawanda SS Haji Muhammed Maseruka, Haji Hussein Lwembawo Kyagulanyi (General Secretary UMEA Sports Committee), Haji Badru Ndugwa (Member UMEA Sports Committee and Executive Secretary of Wakiso Secondary Schools Head Teachers’ Association – WAKISSHA), Ayub Khalifa (Member UMEA Sports Committee) and Head teacher Kawanda SS Hajjat Hadijah Nassali Kiweewa.
WE’RE READY TO HOST YOU – KAWANDA SS
Hajjat Hadijah Kiweewa, Headteacher Kawanda SS expressed readiness as the host school to house all the participants.
“We are more than ready to host the 2020 UMEA Solidarity Games. From the accommodation facilities, feeding, Security and other facilities, we are very ready. We have two play grounds inside the school. Also as the host school, we want to challenge for the main overall trophy.” Said Hajjat Kiweewa.
Kawanda Secondary School returns as 2020 hosts for these games after successfully hosting games in 2005 and 2011 respectively.
Haji Lwembawo revealed that two more sports disciplines Woodball and basketball will be added on to the main menu of games that has Football, Netball, Volleyball, Handball, Badminton and Table Tennis.
He said, “We expect more teams to register for this years’ championship in the six Disciplines. The intention is spread and we want to tap each every talent possible.”
Kawanda SS has ear-marked a number of sports grounds with the main ground within Kawanda Secondary School. The other grounds will be at Research centre, Namalere, Mbogo mixed Secondary school, Kiteezi, Kawempe Muslim SS and Kabaka Kyabaggu Sports Stadium. Non-bonafied students shall not be allowed.
FLASH BACK: 2019 UMEA GAMES WINNERS
Top 5 positions: 1. Mbogo Mixed (3 Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze) 2. Kakungulu Memorial (2 Medals: 2 Gold) 3.Kawempe Muslim (2 Medals: 1Gold, 1 Silver) 4. Kawanda SS (2 Medals: 2 Silvers) 5. Mbogo College (1 Medal: 1 Gold)
MVP: Sharif Nasur Jamalidin (Mbogo mixed). Top scorer: Marvin Konde from Kasawo SS (8 goals) Winner: Masaka SS. Runner up: Kasawo SS and 1st Runner up: Mbogo mixed
MVP: Hadijah NandagoTop scorer: Aisha Nakibuuka (3 goals). Winner: Kawempe Muslim A. Runner up: Kawempe Muslim B, 1st Runner up: Masaka SS
Handball: Boys; MVP: Vincent Tibamwenda (Kakungulu Memorial). Winner: Kakungulu Memorial, Runner up: Gombe SS and 1st Runner up: East High
MVP: Shakira Bako (Kawanda SS), Winner: Kibuli SS, Runner up: Kawanda SS and 1st Runner up: Mbogo High
Netball: MVP was Sarah Nakiyonga (Ngando SS), Winner: Ngando SS, Runner up: Kawanda SS and 1st Runner up : Mukono SS.
Volleyball: Boys; MVP was Jimmy Ogwang (Mbogo mixed), Winner: Mbogo mixed, Runner up: Ubuntu SS and 1st Runner up: Kinaawa Kawempe
Girls: MVP was Hadijah Otim (Kinaawa Mugongo), Winner: Kinaawa Mugongo, Runner up: Ubuntu SS and 1st Runner up: Gombe SS.
Table Tennis: Boys; MVP: John Madanda (Mbogo College), Winner: Mbogo College, Runner up: Ubuntu SS and 1st Runner up: Mbogo High
Girls: MVP: Perry Ayikoru (Mbogo Mixed), Winner: Mbogo Mixed, Runner up: Mbogo College and 1st Runner up: Mbogo High.
Badminton:Boys; MVP: Paul Makande (Kakungulu Memorial), Winner: Kakungulu Memorial, Runner up: Kisaasi College and 1st Runner up: Kinaawa Kawempe
Girls:MVP: Barbra Nanyombi (Mbogo High), Winner: Mbogo High A, Runner up: Mariam High and 1st Runner up: Mbogo High B.