By Kiyimba Bruno

The 2017 ball games 1 have raised the tempers of the past winners to begin their way early enough to Kabaale.

The games are slated for 6th to 15th of May 2017 at St Mary’s college Rushoroza Kabaale to enable Uganda secondary schools select those who shall represent Uganda in the East African games.

In the press briefing that took place at Kibuli ss yesterday, the chairman Uganda secondary schools sports association Hajj Mugagga Kasule Ali said that this year opts for a bigger turn up.

“last year over 2000 participants were received in the ball games but this tear we expect  quite a bigger number ranging from 3000 to 3050” Hajj Mugagga elucidated.

Rugby 15, basketball, Hockey, girls footy as well as racket games like table tennis, badminton and lawn tennis are the expected games to be played.

Over 75 teams are expected and from these, 63 teams shall be for girls footy, 85 badminton, rugby 10 teams, 40 for the racket games as well as 15 for Hockey.

Hajj Mugagga however was so strict on the authenticity of the age and education status of all the participants.

“we are going to allow primary seven passlips as well as those for senior four to enable us get the right age that ranges below 19 years of age”  Hajj Mugagga confirms.

It is on this note that he thanked all stakeholders more especially FUFA, games masters, parents, directors of schools, head teachers as well as the media for the great support  and effort that they put in these games to make sure that sports in the young blood develops.

The defending champions for these games are as follows;

Kibuli ss –lawn tennis boys

Rubaga girls –lawn tennis girls

Mbale progressive-table tennis boys

Manafwa High-table tennis girls

Hanna mixed –rugby

Kibuli ss –basketball boys

St Mary’s college kisubi-basketball girls

Kawempe Muslim ss –girls footy

Kakungulu memorial – hockey girls and boys