Lira town in northern Uganda will by August 24 be a hive of activity after 23 teams from neighbours Rwanda confirmed their participation in this year’s East African post primary (FEASSA) games.
Speaking to Pepper Online edition from Kigali, Paterne Rwigema the Director of Sports in the Ministry of Education of Rwanda confirmed the 23-team delegate will set off for Uganda on Thursday and will spend the night in Kampala before proceeding to Lira the next day.
The games which run from August 24 to 31 in Lira, northern Uganda with Lango College as host school pits together participating schools from hosts Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan and Rwanda’s travelling party will be made up of teams that will compete in nine sports disciplines, namely, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball, Netball (girls only), Rugby (boys only), Athletics, Tennis and Table-tennis.
According to Rwandan school sports federation’s executive secretary Florent Rwigema, Rwandan schools are expected to do much better this time round contrary to last year’s poor performance in Bujumbura where alongside South Sudan left empty handed.
Uganda walked away with five titles while Kenya topped with six.
The Rwandese delegation
APE Rugunga and ESI Gisenyi (boys’ football), Solidarity academy and APAER Kabuga (girls’ football), Saint Joseph Kabgayi and Lycee de Nyanza (boys’ volleyball), GS Indangaburezi and Saint Joseph Kabyayi (girls’ volleyball), ES Kigoma and Saint Aloys Rwamagana (boys’ handball), ET Mukingi and Apapeki Cyuru (girls’ handball), Lycee de Kigali and College Amis des Enfants (boys’ basketball) and APE Rugunga (girls’ basketball).
Others are: G. S Gahini in netball (girls), ET Mukingi in rugby (boys), two athletics teams (boys and girls) each made up of 20 athletes, two tennis and two table-tennis teams (boys and girls) each made up of two players.
“Everything is going on as planned and officials already present in Lira to ensure there is right environment for students to compete,” Justus Mugisha the FEASSA President told this paper.
Uganda as host country will field four schools in each discipline while Kenya will be represented by 571 students who will compete under various disciplines.