Kenya Tops East Africa Military Games

By francis marangu
Aug 16, 2021
  • Kenya's Ulinzi Stars at the ongoing Military Games.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya Defence Forces emerged as the overall top team at the 7th edition of the EAC Military Games that came to a close on Friday at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.

Kenya won four gold medals in cross country, handball, football and basketball for a guarantee of the top spot.

The only silver came from netball where Tanzania took the gold. This was a much improved performance from their last outing in Burundi 2011 when the Kenyan soldiers won only two gold medals in cross country and handball and silver in the rest.

The last medal came late Friday afternoon after Kenya drew 0-0 with Tanzania in football which was the only match of the competition left. It was characterized by the missed chances for both teams that had an equal chance of carrying home the gold.

Kenya, playing a 4-3-3 formation, found it difficult to penetrate a solid Tanzanian backline which used a 5-3-2 formation.

Coach Salim Ali started off with a three-man attacking line of Kevin Amwayi, Stephen Waruru and Evans Amwoka hoping that their good combination at the tournament would bear positive fruits.

However, the Tanzania rearguard marshaled by Stanley Nikomola, Mangasini Mangasini, Shaibu Nayoba, Saidi Madega and George Mirira proved a rock to the Kenyan attackers.

Amwayi and Waruru had clear chances for Kenya in the third and fourth minutes respectively but they shot directly at Shabani Dihile at the Tanzania goal.

Mulinge Munandi had a long throw ball cleared from the line by Dihile moments later. Tanzania’s first chance came calling in the 19th minute when Hussein Nyamandulu cheated Kenyan defenders with a bold run but was penalized for handball before he could shoot.

Winger Prosper Mtewama was Tanzania’s main player making several inroads into the Kenyan goal and had a good share of missed chances in both halves.

In the 40th minute, Tanzania had a penalty appeal turned down by the referee after Fullyzulu Maganga was brought down by goalkeeper Francis Ochieng as he headed to score.

The second half was rather cool as both teams could not utilize the many chances they had to break the deadlock. Amwayi and Amwoka won the golden boot award with three goals apiece while Dihile from Tanzania was named the best goalkeeper.

Amwayi added another accolade to his name after he was named the best player of the tournament. Tanzania will host the 8th edition of the games slated for August 2014.

Full Standings: Cross Country; Men- 1. Kenya 2. Tanzania 3. Uganda 4. Rwanda 5. Burundi; Women- 1. Kenya 2. Uganda 3. Tanzania 4. Burundi 5. Rwanda; Handball- 1. Kenya 2. Uganda 3. Tanzania 4. Burundi 5. Rwanda; Basketball- 1. Kenya 2. Burundi 3. Uganda 4. Rwanda 5. Tanzania; Netball- 1. Tanzania 2. Kenya 3. Uganda 4. Rwanda 5. Burundi; Football- 1. Kenya 2. Tanzania 3. Rwanda 4. Uganda 5. Burundi; Individual Awards: Netball; Top Scorer- Mwanaidi Hassan (Tanzania), Best Defender- Joyce Edward (Tanzania), Best Player- Dianah Nakanyageko (Uganda), Handball; Top Scorer- Alwonnenga Chester (Uganda), Best Player- Nicolas Ireri (Kenya), Best Goalkeeper- Ebinery Kesena (Tanzania), Basketball; Top Scorer- Cyrus Kaviiri (Uganda), MVP- Victor Odendo (Kenya), Best Defender- Mugisha Johnny (Burundi).