New Vision (Kampala)

13 November 2012

Uganda: UPDF Confident of Athletics Victory

UPDF's athletics coach Gordon Ahimbisibwe is not taken up by the fact that Olympic golden boy Stephen Kiprotich from Prisons is likely to show up for the long races at the Inter Forces athletics contest at Namboole today.

Ahimbisibwe said he was targeting a team victory boasting of a manpower capable of putting the army side to the top by the end of today's show.

"We have to put a line between hosts and guests. I have selected my best athletes for all the races as we target a team victory. He (Kiprotich) alone can't change anything," Ahimbisibwe explained.

The games were officially opened yesterday with a colourful parade at Namboole, by Third Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali in company of environment minister Maria Mutagamba. The teams had earlier in the morning marched from the city centre to Namboole.

There was drama when Ali, kicking the ball to officially kick off the games, slipped and fell losing his shoe in the process.

UPDF edge Prisons in opener

In the opening soccer encounter played at Namboole yesterday, Lawrence Ndugga struck one minute from time as UPDF edged Prisons 1-0.

The next soccer game is due tomorrow between UWA and Police at Namboole.

Inter-Forces Games:

Soccer: UPDF 1 Prisons 0

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