Karangi rallies team Kenya ahead of Military games

By francis marangu
Aug 01, 2021
  • The Ulinzi Football team will compete at the East Africa Military Games.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Julius Karangi has challenged Team Kenya to go for the best results at the upcoming EAC Military Games that starts on August 7 in four different venues across Nairobi.

The games that will run until August 17 will bring together over 700 soldiers from the five EAC members namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda.

The theme for this year’s event is “one people, one destiny through EAC military games and cultural events”.

Karangi, who spoke at the department of defence headquarters Thursday while handing over the national flag to the team.

“Make sure you perform well in the few disciplines that you will take part in. it is difficult to tell you go and win but do the best you can,” he said.

He further advised them to look beyond the games with an aim of developing their careers further.

“It is my sincere hope that the five disciplines forming this championship will not only give an opportunity to our soldiers to engage in competitive albeit friendly sports but also to improve on their sporting skills and abilities.”

This will be the second time that Kenya is hosting the games since 2006. Uganda played host in 2005 and 2008, Tanzania in 2007, Rwanda in 2009 and Burundi in 2011. The 2012 edition was not held.

“This is a unique year for KDF because we get to host soldiers from four other regional countries. I call upon you to be true ambassadors of our country,” Karangi noted.

The games were born from a treaty signed in November 30 1999 which provided a platform for militaries in the five members countries to promote close cooperation in culture and sports.

Cross country will be a one-day affair with men taking part in 12km and 8km for women. Only men will take part in basketball, football and handball while women will take part in netball.

In football, Kenya will open their campaign against Uganda on August 7 before playing Burundi on August 10. The local boys will then face off with Rwanda on August 12 before winding up with a tie against Tanzania on August 16.

In basketball, Kenya's first match will be against Burundi on August 9 followed by the one against Rwanda a day later.

Five couuntries confirmed 

The Kenya versus Uganda tie is slated for August 13 with the one against Tanzania closing their schedule on August 15.

The netballers will get their campaign rolling on August 8 against Burundi then follow with a tie against Rwanda the following day. Their match against Tanzania will be played on August 12 and wind up against Uganda on August 13.

For handballers, their opening match will be against Tanzania on August 9 and the second one against Burundi a day later. Kenya and Rwanda will clash on August 13 and wind up with the Uganda tie on August 15.

Five disciplines will be involved with football and basketball being played at Kasarani, handball at the Nyayo National Stadium, cross country at the Kahawa Barracks and Netball at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.