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Inter-Parliamentary Games: Uganda Defeats Kenya in Men's Volleyball

The first set ended 25-18 in Uganda's favour before Kenya fought back to win the second set 25-23. Kenya won the third set before Uganda won the last two sets.
Kenyan team (in green jersey) battle neck to neck against Uganda. Uganda won 3-2. Parliament photo

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Team Uganda has defeated Kenya 3-2 in the men's volleyball category at the East African Community Inter-parliamentary Games. 

The first set ended 25-18 in Uganda's favour before Kenya fought back to win the second set 25-23. Kenya won the third set before Uganda won the last two sets.

Uganda came from two points down in the 5th set to win, thanks to faulty service by Kenya. The Kenyan side lost 4 points from faulty service from two players ,to Uganda's advantage. 

Kenyan player, and also West Webunye MP, Dan Wanyama said that several mistakes, particularly in the 4th set cost his team points. He however says Uganda won by shere luck.

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Uganda Volleyball team captain, Abbas Agaba however says the team prepared for the match and tried to correct previous mistakes. Uganda lost to the East African Legislative Assembly - EALA 3-2 few days ago.

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Though every team and player is aiming for gold, Agaba believes that the main purpose of the games is to promote and deepen East African integration through sports. 

Though Rwanda and South Sudan national parliamentary teams have not participated in the games, Agaba says that there is hope that the region will resolve ongoing challenges.

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Meanwhile, Coach Raffi Bachu says the team also did some homework ahead of the Kenya match, since they had won all last three games. 

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Both the men and women's volleyball teams will play their last matches  against Tanzania tomorrow morning at MTN Arena Lugogo. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is expected to watch either match. 

National parliaments of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi plus the East African Legislative Assembly-EALA are participating in the games. The games include volleyball, netball, basketball, football and golf. Other sports are athletics, tug of war and darts.