FEASSSA Games 2022 | It is gold for Namilyango College as Uganda claims top 3 positions in Rugby 15s

  • Gold: Namilyango College (Uganda)
  • Silver: Kings College Buddo (Uganda)
  • Bronze: Makerere College (Uganda)

Awards:

  • Most Valuable Player (MVP): Benjamin Muwanguzi (Kings College Buddo)
  • Top Point scorer: Kieron Erem – 26 points (Kings College Buddo)
  • Top Try scorers: Benjamin Muwanguzi (Kings College Buddo) & Darrell Mwaka (Namilyango College) – 5 Tries each

Namilyango College won the gold medal in the Rugby 15s at the 2022 Federation of East Africa Secondary School Sports Association (FEASSSA) Games in Arusha, Tanzania.

The Anchors were in top form and in complete demolition mood as they emerged unbeaten in the championship that brings together the different cream-de-la-cream rugby teams from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi.

Following two earlier majestic wins over Elerai (27-03) and rivals Kings College Buddo (24-03),  Namilyango College wrapped up the title on the final day with another over fellow Ugandans, Makerere College (14-00).

The match against Makerere College ended prematurely after two nasty injuries to the Makerere College rendered them two men down and the contest could not continue.

The injured players were then rushed to the waiting ambulance and hospital thereafter before the match was called off.

By the time of the stoppage, Namilyango College was ahead 14-00 courtesy of Darrell Mwaka’s brace of tries that were superbly converted by Andrew Musinguzi and Vernon Kasule.

Kings College Budo overcame Kenya’s Elerai 33-03. Benjamin Muwanguzi scored a hat-trick of tries with John Mark Ssentongo and captain Kieron Erem completing the other tries for the treasured bonus point.

Erem was flawless on the boot with an amazing four conversions.

Issa Kasima had a drop goal for Elerai that was basically a tear-wrapper of sorts for the consolation.

Kings College Buddo settled for silver and another Ugandan team, Makerere College took home bronze to complete the dominance.

Awards:

The most Valuable Player (MVP) was Benjamin Muwanguzi of Kings College Buddo.

Teammate Kieron Erem finished as the top points scorer (26 points) and the top tries scorers were Kings College Buddo’ Benjamin Muwanguzi and Darrell Mwaka (Namilyango College) with five tries apiece.

Namilyango College captain Eric Nasima attributes success to good preparations.

“We prepared well as a team with great training sessions under our coaches. We also had the confidence, belief, determination, and the willpower to succeed over our opponent” Nasima, revealed.

Prosper Mark Ssebuufu, another Namilyango College player lauded the special character of every member of the team.

“At Namilyango College, we have a positive character at all times. We believed and achieved. I thank all my teammates for this brave show, coaches, fans, and well-wishers. In a special way, I appreciate NACOBA for the jersey donation given to us and the school management led by the head teacher for supporting Rugby and sports in general at the school” Ssebufu, a flanker who is currently in S5 (MEA/ITC) noted.

Meanwhile, another Ugandan school, Hana International won the Rugby 7s title, unbeaten.

Koyonzo SS from Kenya took the silver in 7s as Jinja Secondary School (Uganda) had the bronze.

Rugby was played in a round-robin format in both the 7s and 15s. Besides Rugby, the over 3000 students engaged in football, tennis, table tennis, badminton, hockey, handball, volleyball, basketball, swimming, and athletics.

The game’s climax is on Friday, 23rd September 2022 and the teams will officially depart for their respective destinations on a subsequent day.

Results for Wednesday, 21st September:

  • Namilyango College (Uganda) 14 -00 Makerere College (Uganda) – Match was abandoned in the first half after two injuries to Makerere College players and play could not continue due to a lack of numbers
  • Elerai SS (Tanzania) 03-33 Kings College Buddo (Uganda)

Other Results:

  • Namilyango College (Uganda) 27-03 Elerai (Tanzania)
  • Namilyango College (Uganda) 24-03 Kings College Buddo (Uganda)
  • Makerere College (Uganda) 05-22 Kings College Buddo (Tanzania)
  • Makerere College (Uganda) 05 – 00 Elerai (Tanzania)