By Johnson Were and Samson Opus
NDEJJE University has retained the National University Sports Federation of Uganda (NUSFU) Games as the overall champion at the games held at Uganda Christian University Mukono.
The Luweero based university did not only dominate but also other disciplines including volleyball, woodball and handball among others.
According to the University Sports tutor Paul Mark Kayongo the success of Ndejje University is not by accident or luck but because of a well laid down vibrant sports policy that is implemented by institution’s administration.
The university has not only recruited the best athletes in the country, but has groomed many through their sports bursary scheme and a huge supporting budget shooting to over sh1bn annually.
This has enabled the athletes like Africa triple jump gold medalist Sarah Nambawa, Badminton star Shamim Bangi, athlete Diana Chelimo among others to shine.
“We have a legacy of sports development and it’s our niche spending on sports both locally and internationally because we know it is money well invested,” Kayongo stated.
He added that the institution has a sports policy which motivates athletes in the different disciplines by giving half bursaries and full bursaries to both individual and team performers.
Kayongo further explains that Ndejje University which started in 1995, put sports on the forefront and the university embarked on serious sports programs in 2000 after the acquisition of standard facilities in all disciplines.
“We also don’t just recruit the best athletes but hire the high stand qualified trainers to prepare them for events,” Kayongo stressed adding that all the above policy implementation has been successful because of the administration’s will to support sports.
Ndejje’s athletics team boasts some national coaches like Benjamin Longiros, Okot Omny and William Kimei.
Ndejje athletes also enjoy perhaps some of the best training facilities in the country.
For better preparation of the athletes, the 20-year-old university injected a sh2b investment in a sports complex that besides other courts includes a football stadium complete with a running track, a swimming pool and an indoor hall.
Unlike other universities, Ndejje players compete in national league in volleyball, badminton, handball, table tennis.
The football team that took on MUBS in Friday’s final competes in the Big League.
As league champions, Ndejje women volleyball team was the first Ugandan team to feature in the Africa Club Championship in Madagascar this year.
No wonder, Ndejje always forms the bulk of the Uganda World University Games team.
Today Ndejje are East Africa University Games defending champions after winning the crown for the second year with the first win coming in Nairobi and then in Dar-es Salaam last year.
2013 NUSFU Games finals standings by The New Vision