Rwandan schools return home empty-handed

Yesterday Selected results Finals Girls’football Kawembe Muslim (Uga) 1-1 Solidarity Academy (pen 4-3) Boys’ volleyball

Yesterday
Selected results
Finals

Girls’football
Kawembe Muslim (Uga) 1-1 Solidarity Academy (pen 4-3)
Boys’ volleyball
Cheptil (Ken) 3-0 GSO Butare
Boys’ handball   
Rubiri SS (Uga) 27-24 Eseki Ruhango 
Girls’ handball
Ruburi SS (Uga) 24-23 Apapegi Cyuru
Play-offs
Boy’s football
APE Rugunga 1-1 St Anthony (Ken) (5-4 pen)
Girls’ volleyball
Indangaburezi 3-0 APACE

It was a case of happy start and bad ending for Rwandan schools at this year’s East Africans post-primary Games, which climaxed yesterday in the Burundian capital Bujumbura.

There were four Rwandan teams in finals of four different disciplines but all lost thereby condemning the country to the worst possible position without a single trophy.

Rwanda was represented by 17 schools plus two selected athletics teams but none managed to win any title as Kenyan and Ugandan schools won all trophies. Only the girls’ basketball title went to Burundi’s Lycee SOS.

Ten Rwandan teams qualified for semi-finals but four reached finals. Solidarity Academy lost 4-3 on penalties to Uganda’s kawembe Muslim following a 1-all draw in the girls’ football final.

In boys’ volleyball final, Rwanda’s GSO Butare was beaten 3-0 by Cheptil from Kenya, while Eseki Ruhango and Apapegi Cyuru lost the boys’ and girls’ handball finals to Rubiri SS teams (Uga) 27-24 and 24-23 respectively.

In play-offs matches, APE Rugunga beat 5-4 Kenya’s St Anthony on penalties following a 1-all draw in boys’ football, while Indangaburezi College and APACE finished third and fourth in girls’ volleyball respectively.

Overall, Uganda finished top after winning five titles in football (boys and girls), handball (boys and girls) and netball, Kenya was second with four titles in volleyball (boys and girls), basketball (basketball) and rugby, while Burundi comes third with a single title, which came in girls’ basketball.

Rwandan delegation led by the director of sports in the Ministry of Education, Paterne Rwigema returns home this afternoon.

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