East African Challenge Golf Tees Off At Entebbe
The prestigious East African Golf Challenge tournament tees off today with official practice round but actions get underway tomorrow at the par-71 Entebbe Golf Club (EGC) course.
Uganda last hosted the regional event at the same course in 2009.
Day One has the singles round, the pairings while the interesting foursomes and four-ball better-ball match play contests are on Saturday with and the four-ball-better-ball rounds finally on Sunday.
The East African Challenge will be contested for by six countries that include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Each country will be represented by nine players.
Last year Uganda dominated proceedings for three days before losing out to Kenya by half a point at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha.
Uganda Breweries through its luxury whisky portfolio is the main sponsor off tournament and have committed Shs200 million.
Uganda’s national team has had more than three weeks of training and go into the tournament confident that they can reclaim the crown from their biggest rivals and defending champions Kenya.
“I have been working tooth and nail aiming to make this dream of playing for the team a reality,” says Team Uganda debutante Henry Lujja.
Rwanda’s team captain Leonard Nkurunziza said his teammates are in high spirits and ready to put up a better show compared to previous editions.
“We have had good and excellent preparations. We have no complaints at all because we know very well our opponents and we are well prepared to deal with the pressure that will come along,” he added.
“We are here to put up a good show,” Burundi coach John Kisia told Xinhua in an interview.
Team Uganda: Ronald Bukenya, Robert Oluba. Amos Kamya Ronald Otile, Phillp Kasozi (Captain), Happy Robert, Henry Lujja, Peter Ssendawula, Adolf Muhumuza and Ronald Rugumayo. Coach: Amos Kamya.
Team Manager: Morris Ongwech
Rwanda: Andrew Nkwandi (official) Kamazi Loius (official), Emmanuel Rutayisire, Celestine Habineza, Francois Habimana Froncois, Nyirikwaya Afrodis, Leonard Nkuruziza, Alloys Nsabimana, Joseph Barame, James Ndikumana, Jules Mutesa.
Burundi: 1. John Kisia (official), Ken Lukongodo (official), Djuma Minani, Kherry Ndereka, Hassan Nshirimana, Simba Jean, Koudra Nahimana, Toyi Saidi, Didif Nshirimana, Abdul Djabar, Karim Gwabaye.
Kenya: Peter Warui (official), Anthony Muhoro (official), Anil Shah (coach), Nelson Simwa, John Karichu, Robinson Owiti, Tony Omuli, Alfred Nandwa, Tahir Mohamed, Daniel Nduva, Mathew Wahome, Adel Balala.
Ethiopia: Yared Zenaye (captain) ,Mesfin Kudane (vice-captain), Ephrem Gebreselasse, Tilaye Getaneh, Hagos Mulu, Binyam Gebreselasse, Etbarek Gebrecherkos, Natanim Fanthuahun, Aklilu Haile, Aberon Michael, Tewodros Gebremariam.
Tanzania: Joseph Tango (official), Mollel Olais (official), George Sembi, Elisha Fadhili, Francis Julius, Nuru Mollel, John Saidi, John Leonce, Victor Joseph, Abasi Adam, Isaac Wanyenche.