Ndejje University Vice Chancellor has challenged sports students to maximally exploit their talents towards building their future careers.
Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo made the call while flagging off The Ndejje University 242 sports contingent for the 12 th edition of the East Africa University Games.
The 5-day Games kick off on December 16 at the Luwero based Ndejje University Main Campus.
The Vice Chancellor was flanked by the university’s administration who included the Finance Manager, Paul Mark Kayongo, University Secretary Canon Elijah Kiyingi, Academic Registrar Wanda Mutyaba, Dean of Students Wilfred Muhumuza, and University Champlain Rev. Muwanguzi.
The Vice Chancellor thanked God for the grace bestowed upon Ndejje University for the years around, the enormous victories and the financial challenges of hosting the EAUG 2022 that can’t be taken for granted. He quoted various bible books which included Psalms 118:23. The Psalmist says, “This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.”
Prof Lugujjo urged Team Ndejje to be total quality athletes who are expected exhibit character, integrity and positive attitudes.
“The foundation of success is attitude. Remember whatever you do, you are the university’s ambassadors, and we are proud of you. Remain focused and perform to the best of your ability so that you make our university and country proud,” he said.
He however cautioned them to avoid complacent and take things for granted relating it the person who wins being the one who thinks that can be achieved.
Quoting Bobby Knight on the will to win thus: “the key is not the will to win…. everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”
In finally flagging off the team the Vice Chancellor left Team Ndejje with a motivational bible reading – Deuteronomy 31:6 thus: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your GOD goes with you, He will never leave nor forsake you,”
The Finance Manager who doubles as Team Ndejje Chief de mission, Paul Mark Kayongo hailed the university administration for resilience and teamwork during the strenuous time in securing resources to run the games amidst numerous challenges.
“Ndejje University has hosted several national university games and participated in 10 EAUG editions but this regional edition has faced the biggest substantial challenge ever,” Kayongo said.
He enumerated the challenges which included among others inadequate and unfulfilled funding promises by donors, cancellation of EAUG due to Covid 19 global epidemic and university pull outs from the 2022 Games.
Only 29 universities had confirmed by yesterday (13th December 2022) out of original 52 that had provisionally shown interest in participation in the Games according to available entries.
Ndejje University has deployed a strong 242 team contingent to defend the 6 th EAUG Championship title won in a row out of 10 EAUG editions.