Uganda were good enough for second place as the ninth edition of the East Africa Cup (EAC) came to a thrilling end in Moshi, Tanzania at the weekend.
Unlike last year when the Ugandan youngsters bagged overall honours, there was only one trophy to show after the week long event.
The sitting volleyball team defeated Burundi 2-1 in a repeat of last year’s final that was nailed by the latter for the country’s only top prize.
Edward Ssebagala, Brenda Nassanga, Jonathan Wasswa, Flavia Asiteru, Félix Bogere and Pius Dusman were the architects of Uganda’s triumph. All the events were dominated and won by the Kenyan teams.
Mathare Youth Soccer Academy of Kenya edged Chrisc Tanga (Tanzania) 1-0 in the under 16 boys finals. They had earlier won the under 13 boys and girls trophies after trouncing Chrisc Mbale 3-1 and Chrisc Arua 3-0 respectively.
Kenya returned home with five trophies after Gaspo Youth defeated Tanzania’s MTG 1-0 in the girls under 16 finals. Chrisc Nairobi’s 3-1 demolition of Chrisc Kisoro in the volleyball final wrapped up Kenya’s domination.
Five East African countries including Rwanda and Burundi took part in the tournament aimed at empowering the youth through sports.
The tournament has existed since 2004 is a youth event for both boys and girls between the ages 12–16. It is held annually in Tanzania during the last week of June
Last year, Uganda won a total five trophies.
By Abdu Wasike, Daily Monitor