Team Uganda was on Tuesday flagged off for the 2022 Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association (FEASSSA) Games will be held in Arusha City, Tanzania between 14th to 24th September.
The contingent was flagged off by State Ministerfor Higher Education Hon. Chrizestom Muyingo. The exercise took place at the National Hockey Stadium in Lugogo, Kampala.
“It’s always a big honor to play for your nation. I urge all the participants to be disciplined and focused if they want to get good results from the games,” Muyingo said .
Muyingo was accompanied by Minister of State for Sports Hon. Peter Ogwang, Commissioner for Sports Rev. Duncan Mugumya, National Council of Sports (NCS) General Secretary Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel, Council Member Zubair Galiwango, NCS Assistant General Secretary David Katende and Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association (USSSA) President Justus Mugisha.
USSSA’s Mugisha was upbeat that Team Uganda will return home with medals across various disciplines as they have done in the recent past.
“We had qualifier tournaments to select participating schools and atheletes and I believe these are the best players. There’s no doubt that they will return home with many medals,” Mugisha said.
Uganda fielded the biggest contingent for the games totalling to 1127 persons, comprising of 990 athletes & 137 officials.
Uganda will be competing against Kenya, hosts Tanzania, Rwanda and Zanzibar in football, netball, handball, volleyball, basketball, rugby, table tennis, badminton, tennis, hockey, swimming, athletics and goal ball.
12 sports disciplines will be competed at the 2022 FEASSSA Games ranging from soccer (boys and girls), volleyball (boys and girls), handball (boys and girls), hockey (boys and girls), netball, rugby, basketball (boys and girls), badminton (boys and girls), table tennis (boys and girls), lawn tennis (boys and girls), swimming (boys and girls), athletics (boys and girls).
In the previous edition held in 2019, Uganda won gold in football (both boys and girls), volleyball (girls), hockey (girls), netball (girls), basketball (boys and girls), badminton (boys and girls), table tennis (girls) and lawn tennis (girls).