Uganda Christian University (UCU)’s sports profile continues to soar.
After hosting the National University Games last year, the Mukono-based institution will stage the East Africa Inter-university Games due December 12-21. But to pull off that assignment, arguably their toughest so far, UCU will need a bank balance of up to Shs1.5bn.
“We’ll need everyone’s backing, especially the corporate world,” Vicent Kisenyi, the National University Sports Federation of Uganda (Nusfu) vice-president, said on Thursday after the Games’ media launch on Thursday.
The university will shoulder the biggest chunk of the budget and raise another portion from participating universities’ contributions. “We are short of funds. We need the public’s support to stage a good show because we are hosting on behalf of Uganda,” Ann Katabazi, the local organising committee president, said during the launch presided over by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali.
Over 3,000 sportsmen from 11 countries are expected to converge at the Mukono campus to compete in football, rugby, chess, athletics, basketball, volleyball, handball, netball and lawn tennis, among other disciplines.
The Vice-chancellor Dr John Musisi Ssenyonyi said UCU were on the verge of re-writing history by becoming the first private university to host the Games. Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Comoros, Sudan, Burundi and host country Uganda will be represented.
Ndejje University are the defending champions.