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20 Flagged Off for African Youth Chess Championship

The team were flagged off on Friday by State Minister for Youths and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.
State Minister Nakiwala , Coach Mukalazi Vianney and the players
A team of 20 players to participate in the African Youth Chess Champions in Kenya have been flagged off.

60 players were supposed to represent the country, but due to shortage of funds, only 20 traveled.

John Vianney Mukalazi, the coach of the players said that each player needed at least 3.6million shillings for the trip and welfare for the seven days they will spend in Kisumu.

The team were flagged off on Friday by State Minister for Youths and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.

Nakiwala said that the competitions are some of the activities organized ahead of the World Youth Day that will be celebrated on Sunday.   

She believes that chess helps the young people to develop skills and numeracy, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

Currently, Uganda is ranked 9th in African Chess rankings.

Other countries affiliated to African Chess Confederation which are scheduled to participate in the tournament include Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Egypt, Somalia, Zambia and Angola, South Africa, Namibia.