Monday April 28 2014

Uganda sixth in Cana

Nabil was so outstanding,

Nabil was so outstanding, collecting nine gold medals for Uganda. Photo by Aminah Babirye 

By Makhtum Muziransa

Kampala- Team Uganda put up arguably its best ever performance at the Cana Zone 3&4 Championships, amassing 1375 points and winning 31 medals.
Team Uganda though couldn’t match the likes of winners Kenya and South Africa. With 14 gold, 9 silver and 8 bronze medals, Uganda was good for sixth place with Kenya collecting 2,676.5 points in first place followed by South Africa on 2,186. Zambia, with 2,153 points completed the podium followed by Angola and Mauritius.

“Although we didn’t win the team title, most of our swimmers are improving individually,” Robert Sengozi, one of Team Uganda coaches, said after the four-day event held at Kampala Parents School, Kololo.
Head coach Muzamiru Muwanguzi was happy with the team’s overall progress. “We have come a long way to put up such a performance,” Muwanguzi said.

“There are times we couldn’t win a medal at Cana. I remember a time we won only one bronze but we now are winning as many as 30.” Saleh Nabil was Uganda’s standout performer and the overall best male swimmer in the 12&under age group.

Nabil scored 54points, winning nine gold medals for Uganda in the event. Kimberley Hindu was Uganda’s best female representative with eight medals, four of them gold.

Team standings
Kenya 2,676.5 points
South Africa 2,186
Zambia 2,153
Angola 2,108
Mauritius 1,550
Uganda 1,375
Tanzania 1,276.5
Malawi 590
Burundi 322
Rwanda 283
Seychelles 158