By Solomon Hamala
Defending champions, Wakiso district has again emerged overall winner of the national primary ball games championships held in Iganga.
The ten day competitions that ended on September 2 attracted a total of 106 districts and, municipalities.
Wakiso district won 6 gold medals, 6 silver followed by Nabilatuk with three gold and 2 silver, Nansana municipality in third position with one gold, 2 silver medals.
Arua district and Luwero were in fourth and fifth positions respectively.
In the under 16 boys football, Jinja Municipal Council emerged champions followed by Adjumani district while Moyo took the third position.
Hand ball under 14 girls, Arua district were champions while Wakiso took second position while Mukono took third slot.
In hand ball boys under 14, Nabilatuk became champions while Kakira was in second position and Apac municipality was in third position.
Jane Nakafero from Luwero was awarded medal for being the best female coach while Moreen Nagayi from Moyo was selected as best female goal keeper.
The Commissioner in Charge Physical Education in the Ministry of Education and Sports, Omara Apita who represented the Minister during the closing ceremony hailed the organizers for a job well done.
“It has gone into history that for the first time, a record number of participating teams has taken part in the event unlike in the past,” he said.
Apita said the ministry is to start regional competitions starting next year in order to reduce on the big number of participating teams in one host district.
“Winners of the regional tournaments can represent their areas at the national level,” he said.
He cautioned district education officers against misusing funds meant to improve co-curricular activities in schools saying any one found guilty risks being dismissed from duty.
Apita urged districts that intend to host next year’s national event to apply before the end of this month for inspection next year.
The General Secretary National Primary Ball Games Championships, William Bwambale urged government to help provide the association with any means of transport to enable members carry out inspections whenever necessary easily.
Bwambale hailed the people of Iganga for the good hospitality exhibited to the participants during the ten day tournament.
“For the last ten days we have been here no one has come up with a complaint about this place,” he said.
The ball games involved football for men and women, volley ball, netball and hand ball.
WHAT COULD HAVE GONE WRONG
Some people have attributed the poor performance of other districts on lack of funding, poor preparations and lack of commitment on the part of the players.
The overall winner Wakiso district proved right from the beginning that they were indeed taking part in the championships for a reason.
The Wakiso camp was known for feeding its players on good meals like rice, meat and chicken while players from other districts ate Posho and beans throughout the tournament while others went on empty stomachs.
Asuman Madondo, a football fan in Iganga municipality said this could have affected some players from other districts physiologically.
Wakiso had committed coaches for the under 12, 14 and 16 female and boys teams who always stood beside their teams playing while coaches of other teams simply stayed away doing other things leaving their players to tussle alone in the pitch.
Six districts failed to complete the tournament as a result of shortage of funds and decided to pack their bags early.
The officials from the six districts claimed they no longer had money to feed the participants besides providing medication.
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