University Gears for Science, Technology Niche – DVCDecember 14, 2018
REWRITES OWN RECORD AT DODOMA EAUG
At the team flag off to the Dodoma 2018 East Africa University Games, Ndejje University Deputy Vice Chancellor commissioned Team Ndejje to rewrite history.
The team did not disappoint and went ahead to conquer Africa East which comprised over 30 university participating teams from Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania.
Ndejje University sent 118, one of the smallest contingent ever to the EAUG and many did not give it chance to reclaim the overall championships title.
Trust the resolve, sacrifice and commitment of the small-sized university team of the gallant men and women who put up a spirited fight to dominate the Games.
While in Dodoma, Ndejje University set the bar very high for any contender to reach after winning a massive 71 gold medals never achieved before in the history of EAUG. The previous record of 44 gold was held by Makerere University during the Kyambogo 2009 EAUG.
The reigning champions Ndejje once again rewrote the Games record in Dodoma 2018 Games winning the championships a record six times out of eight outings.
The university made its EAUG debut in Dar es Salaam 2002 Games and finished 2nd overall with 3 gold medals behind winners Makerere University which claimed 6 gold medals respectively.
Ndejje also clinched 2nd position in Kyambogo 2009 Games with 34 gold medals haul beaten to first position by Makerere which had 44 gold.
After staying in the wings for a long time, the balance of power tilted in favour of Ndejje that grabbed pole position during the Kenyatta 2010 Games with collection of 25 gold consequently pushing KIU to second place with 20 gold medals.
Since then, Ndejje power-house has sailed atop the Games medal table without looking back. It lifted the overall champions trophy at Dar es Salaam 2013 with 19 gold, 20 silver and 18 bronze humiliating chest thumping KIU to second position which had alaso 19 gold, 16 silver and six bronze.
The Games record champions was at the helm of the medal table at the UCU 2014 Games with 34 gold followed by KIU with 32 and JKUAT 2016 with 36 gold while Kyambogo University came second with 17 gold medals. AND now 71 gold, 34 silver and 34 bronze medals exploited from Dodoma 2018 Games
- Ndejje University Sports is as old as the university itself having been introduced in 1992. It has since set an unprecedented record of achievements by any Ugandan University in national and international university games.
- Ndejje has participated in East Africa University Games since 2002 Dar es Salaam and has won the Games a record 6 times out of 8 outings.
It was crowned champions in 2006 (Kyambogo), 2010 (Kenyatta), 2013 (Dar es Salaam), 2014 (UCU), 2016 (JKUAT) and 2018 (Dodoma).
- Ndejje University topped the medal table in Dodoma with 71 gold, 34 silver, 34 bronze, 2nd UCU 22 gold, 10 silver, 5 bronze and 3rd Kenyatta University 13 gold, 29 silver and 19 bronze.
- Ndejje University men’s handball team won the 2nd gold medal Dodoma after 9 years of waiting since 2010. The team hammered Technical University of Kenya 26-17 in the final.
- Basketball men team won its maiden EAUG title after silencing boastful Kenyatta University 53-39 in the final. The team won silver medal at JKUAT 2016 Games.
- The athletics team has never lost the EAUG Championship since Kyambogo 2006 Games. Topped the medal charts in Dodoma with 14 gold while closest contenders UCU walked away with 12 gold.
- Swimming team registered the highest achievement ever grabbing 39 gold, 8 silver and 14 bronze. The university first won event during the Kyambogo 2006 EAUG claiming 6 gold, Kyambogo 2009 – 7 gold, Kenyatta 2010 – 8 gold, UCU 2014 – 4 gold and JKUAT 2016 – 5 gold.
- Karate team scored the biggest results ever in Dodoma taking home 11 gold, 3 silver and bronze 2 on top of winning the men and women overall trophies. Apart from being the first university to introduce karate in Uganda in 2006, Ndejje has virtually been the country’s flag bearer to match the might of Kenyans in the Games.
Previous results include, Kenyatta 2010 – 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze, Dar es Salaam 2013 – 2 bronze, UCU 2014 – 5 gold and JKUAT 2016 – 5 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze.
- Taekwondo team lifted both the men and women trophies, won 5 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals in Dodoma marking the best ever achievement.
- Woodball team made its debut at the UCU 2014 Games and emerged victorious. It has won the EAUG title twice in 2014 and JKUAT 2016 and lost it to Kyambogo University in Dodoma after registering 3 gold against 4 gold for Kyambogo.
- Badminton men’s team has won EAUG title 5 times out of seven championships since Kyambogo 2006 Games. This time lost grip of the title taking home a team silver medal.