IN GULU, UGANDA
Kenya’s Cheptil boys’ volleyball team was one of three sides that were disqualified during this year’s edition of the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games.
Cheptil were found guilty of impersonation.
The two-time winners were due to face Uganda’s Luyanzi in the semi-final on Friday before the match was called off. Both sets of players were on the pitch warming up for the start of the match before the shocker.
It is alleged that the school fielded three players who were not accredited for the competition forcing Federation of East Africa Secondary School Sports Association (FEASSSA) officials to crack the whip.
DEAL WITH SEVERELY
FEASSSA president Justus Mugisha in a previous interview said that any irregularity in the games would be dealt with severely.
“These games are for students and not mercenaries so we therefore need to put measures in place to ensure we maintain integrity,” Mugisha said.
Cheptil’s disqualification saw Luyanzi move directly to the final where they lost 3-0 (35-33,25-19,25-21) to Rwanda’s Rusumo. South Sudan’s Malakal won bronze.
Uganda’s Kibuli netball team was also disqualified for indiscipline after causing an abandonment of their match against St Mary’s Kitende. The third team to be disqualified was Uganda’s Matrys Rubaga after they were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.
In 2015, St Mary’s Kitende were banned for one year after they were found guilty of assaulting Burundian referee Ngarambe Frangois in the aftermath of their semi-final loss to Tanzania’s Alliance
In addition to the ban, the school was also fined USD 1,000 (Sh100,000) and players involved in the fracas banned for life from the games. The school however appealed and the ban was lifted allowing the team to take part in last year’s competition in Eldoret.
It was sheer entertainment.