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Nkumba Dominates Varsity Games

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The much-anticipated Inter-University Games commenced on Sunday, December 17, 2023, at Uganda Christian University in Mukono.

Nkumba University emerged as the early frontrunner, securing victories in all five sports disciplines contested on the opening day.

The Beach Boys displayed prowess with a convincing 2-0 triumph over Busitema University, marking Nkumba University’s maiden triumph. The momentum continued as the Nkumba University ladies’ football team secured a 1-0 victory against Kampala University. Subsequent victories in Netball, Volleyball, and Basketball further solidified Nkumba University’s dominance in games played on day one.

Day two started with the Nkumba University Netball team overwhelming newcomers, Soroti University in a commanding 86-21 victory. However, the men’s football team faced a setback against UCU after a 16th-minute red card disrupted their game strategy loosing 1-0.

Dr. Suleiman Bbosa, the Head Coach-Nkumba University, attributed his team’s downfall to an early red card.

“We conceded an early red card and attempts to regain control of the game became futile even after saving a penalty, the opponent utilized numerical advantage and penetrated our defense so easily and capitalized on a loose ball.” Said Dr. Bbosa

Coach Bbosa remains optimistic that a win against Makerere University is imminently a do or die.

The Beach Girls, on the other hand, settled for a draw against UCU Ladies. Nkumba later registered another loss in a Volleyball match against UCU.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Jude Lubega travelled to Uganda Christian University where he assured athletes of the University’s support, “Keep pressing, we are here for you.” Said Prof. Jude

Prof. Jude Lubega Talking to Netballers at UCU DH
Prof. Jude Lubega Talking to Netballers at UCU DH during a lunch break.

Prof. Jude also commended Uganda Christian University for stepping in as substitute hosts, acknowledging their swift action in filling the void left by the initial hosts. In addition, he appealed to the government to invest substantially in university sports citing the role of universities in talent development and the dire need for improved sports infrastructure.

Whereas there have been accusations and claims of teams fixing in non bonified players, organizers say, everything is in place to deter such bad vices, “We have put every measure in place to ensure a smooth and well-coordinated sports event.” Said Vicent Kisenyi, the Chairperson Organizing committee.

The Inter-University Games are organized by the Association of Uganda’s University Sports.

This year, the biennial event will see more than 24 universities, engaging in a diverse array of 16 sports disciplines. Notably, the inclusion of Bodybuilding, Dance Sport, Bridge game, and Tug of War adds a new feel to the dynamic competition.


Prof. Jude Lubega with the Volleyball team moments after a lossto UCU
Prof. Jude Lubega with the Volleyball team moments after a loss to UCU



Football (Men): Nkumba 2 – 0 Busitema

Football (Ladies): Kampala University 0 -1 Nkumba

Netball: Kyambogo 28 – 44 Nkumba

Volleyball (Ladies): Nkumba 3 – 1 Makerere

Basketball (Men): Makerere 42 – 64 Nkumba

Netball: Soroti 21 – 86 Nkumba

Football (Men): UCU1 – 0 @Nkumba

Football Ladies: Nkumba 0 – 0 UCU

Volleyball ladies: UCU 3 – 0 Nkumba

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Simon Peter Nashonji
Simon Peter Nashonji
Nashonji Simon Peter is a dynamic and multi-faceted team leader, renowned for his exceptional interpersonal skills. Having graduated with a Diploma in Journalism, Nashonji is on the cusp of completing his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations at Nkumba University. He picked his niche and started writing with Chimp Reports in 2018. Since then, he has authored and published over 500 articles that cover Business trends, Politics, Health, Sports, and Environment. To master his craft, Nashonji offered to volunteer as an Editor of Nkumba University's News Website in 2022, a position he has held to date. On 1st July 2023, He joined the Editorial team of Ubuntu’ Magazine, a Rotary District 9214 (Uganda and Tazania) Monthly News product. Beyond the realm of academia, Nashonji is deeply involved in the governance of Airforce Senior Secondary School his Alma Mata, where he serves as a member on the Board of Directors. He is currently, the President Airforce S.S.S Alumni Society, President Samia Student's Association of Nkumba University and at the same time President of the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2023 cohort. "Opportunities multiply as they are seized and only dwindle when neglected."


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