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Enlarge photo: Members of Nkumba University Women’s Volleyball Team raise the trophy soon after winning the National Volleyball
League tournament, 2010, in Kampala. Together with them is the Dean of Students, Mr. David Christopher Kasasa.

Members of Nkumba University Women’s Volleyball Team raise the trophy soon after winning the National Volleyball League tournament, 2010, in Kampala. Together with them is the Dean of Students, Mr. David Christopher Kasasa.

Nkumba: A Sports Powerhouse in the Region

At the 7th East African University games hosted by Kenyatta University from December 16 – 21, 2010 Nkumba University dominated the ball games by winning 4 Golds and 1 Silver in six ball games. Nkumba also bagged 2 Golds in a rare double in 200m and 400m in Tugumisirize Emmanuel. Indeed Nkumba University sports team has continually stood out among its peers in games and other co-curricular activities such as the Zain Brain Game. In 2006, Nkumba University participated at the Nairobi Zain Brain Game and emerged 4th from the 16 competing East Africa universities.The following year Nkumba University emerged 2nd.

The University sports team has garnered a total of 134 Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies since 1994 to date. The girls have been particularly admirable at the field games. In netball, for instance, the Nkumba University team has been champions of the Inter-University netball competitions since 2005 at Ndejje University. “At the level of the East Africa University games, the Nkumba University netball team have been champions from 2004,” states Mr. Patrick Ssebuliba, the Sports Tutor.

Still, the Women’s handball team has been champions since 2005 at the level of Inter-University games in Uganda as well as the East Africa University Games. The success is explained by the support rendered to the sports team by the University Management and also by the healthy competitive spirit of the University students.

The University has been organizing the Nkumba Open Volley Ball Championships every June since 1995, and it is the most prestigious volleyball championship in the land. The competition attracts over fifty teams including clubs, secondary schools and institutions of all categories. Nkumba University has time and again retained the trophies for both men and women. In 2006, the Nkumba University Basketball Team was 6th out of 13 countries that participated at the All-Africa Basketball championship held in Nairobi, Kenya. The Women Volleyball team traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, in June 2010 for the Annual Genocide Memorial Cup and emerged 3rd for women and 5th for men among the competing regional teams. In September 2010, both the men and women’s teams were runners up in the National volleyball championship hosted at Gulu Pece Stadium.

Nkumba University has been exceptional at volleyball as well. In 2007 the Women Volleyball Team was National Champions, and represented the Country in Egypt in 2008. They had been runners up in 2005, 2006 and then 2008 before re-emerging as winners in 2009. The team was then slated to travel to Mauritius for the all-Africa women volleyball championships but was hindered by lack of funds. Nkumba’s Men Basketball Team (Nkumba Marines) were the champions of the MTN Basketball National League games for 2005 and 2006.

The team represented Uganda in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Zone 5 Basketball Championship involving Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia and emerged 5th. In 2007, the team traveled to Kigali for the Zone 5 competitions and this time round emerged 4th. At the recent 13th Inter-University games (December, 2009, Nkumba University emerged 5th overall in all the games. In August 2010, three Nkumba University students formed the core of Uganda’s team at the 3rd World University Woodball Championship at Speke Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala.

The Uganda Team emerged 3rd overall, winning Bronze. As a result, the Nkumba University received three sets of new Woodball equipment worth Ushs. 1,050,000=. Nkumba’s Alex Lubwama was declared the Best Male Player in the Country. From October 2 – 3, 2010, Nkumba University Volleyball teams participated in the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Open, and both the women’s and men’s teams reached the finals.

The women beat UCU 3 – 0 and the men lost 1 – 3 to Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club. In the institutional categories, both teams were 3rd. Nkumba University is currently refining its Games and Sports Policy to strengthen the management of sports at the University.

Added on: Friday, April 08th, 2011

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