Okwi off to Yanga, Mubs eye spring after stalemate
Posted Tuesday, December 17 2013 at 02:00
University Games. The much anticipated Inter-University Games kicked off with aplomb at UCU Mukono yesterday with a record entry.
Emmanuel Okwi is a Yanga Africans player, the Vodacom Premier League club can confirm.
The Cranes striker signed a two and a half year-contract with the Tanzanian giants at the weekend ending months of speculation over where the player, lately with SC villa on a short term deal, falls.
Okwi has been everywhere but nowhere since mysteriously quitting Etoile du Sahel, the Tunisian club, in June over contractual disagreements. According to Yanga official website, they inked the deal with Okwi on Sunday after securing the International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Okwi returns to Tanzania for a second stint after featuring for Yanga’s rivals Simba SC between 2010 and 2013 before joining Du Sahel for a fee of $300,000 early this year.
Majority of sports disciplines got going at the Inter-University Games at UCU yesterday but a few games never saw light. Kampala International University (KIU) missed netball (women) and basketball fixtures while their men’s football encounter with defending champions Kampala University (KU) did take off late last evening after earlier being called off.
Gulu University meanwhile pulled out of rugby, football and basketball, according to the Local Organising Committee vice president, Vincent Kisenyi, after earlier confirming they would honour all games.
“The KIU issue is unfortunate because they delayed to pay registration fees to be at the games,” said Kisenyi, “But they have finally paid and as for the games they have missed, we shall sit and decide on their fate but the teams present should pay for sins of those missing.”
However, other games did take off, with Ndejje and Mubs playing out a 1-1 draw in football – Hood Kalumba and Julius Malingum scoring.
DAY ONE RESULTS
Bishop Stuart 2-2 Kabale
Ndejje 1-1 MUBS
Makerere 0-0 Mutesa I Royal
Ndejje 3-0 Kyambogo
Ndejje 3-0 K’la University
Nkumba 3-0 Gulu
Ndejje 33-26 Makerere,
Busitema 18-16 Busoga
Lawn Tennis - Men’s singles
Allan Ssenabulya (Mubs) 2-0 Charles Kavuma(UCU)
Steven Komakech (Ndejje) 2-0 Emma Twongirwe Emma (Kyambogo)
David Oringa (UCU) 2-0 John Tumusiime (Mubs)
Ndejje 67-30 Must
Mubs 59-51 Kyambogo
UCU 72-21 Bugema
Nkumba 39-11 Ndejje
Must 21-19 Mountains of the Moon
Sharing spoils. Kabale and Bishop Stuart also drew 2-2, Jaques Nkurunziza and Nsibimana Evaliste (the former), and Bensious Turyabagye and Joram Musiimewa netting. Kabale’s Gyisimo Patrick was red carded for unsporting behaviour.
Mpande missed. Ndejje coach Raymond Komakech was satisfied with the result. “I missed my captain Joseph Mpande (Vipers) and another crucial player (Rogers Aloro), who with the Chan team, and for that reason, I’m delighted with the result.”
In Group B of men’s basketball, Ndejje had an easy run pacing over Must 67-30 while Mubs dismissed Kyambogo 59-51 in a much more contest. Favourites and hosts UCU also picked an easy opening win of 72-21 against Bugema. The UCU Ladies were also 49-40 winners over Kampala. The Games continue today.