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Uganda Humbles Burundi in Inter-Parliamentary Games Netball

The Ugandan team took charge of all four quarters thanks to a formidable force from a combination of staff and legislators, led by Central Youth MP, Sarah Babirye Kityo in Goal shooting, Kasese Woman MP, Winfred Kiiza in goal attack and Kiryandongo Woman MP, Jalia Bintu in Wing Attack.
Central Youth MP, Sarah Babirye Kityo observes whether or not her ball has entered the ring while teammate Kasese Woman MP, Winfred Kiiza waits to rebound the ball in case it has not entered. Parliament photo.
Team Uganda has defeated Burundi 68-11 in the opening netball match of the East African Community Inter-parliamentary games in Kampala, this morning.  

The Ugandan team took charge of all four quarters thanks to a formidable force from a combination of staff and legislators, led by Central Youth MP, Sarah Babirye Kityo in Goal shooting, Kasese Woman MP, Winfred Kiiza in goal attack and Kiryandongo Woman MP, Jalia Bintu in Wing Attack.  

Team Uganda player and Kasese Woman MP Winfred Kiiza says that despite the Dismal performance, the Burundian team has greatly improved, considering that they adopted netball as a competitive sport, just four years ago.  

Burundi's Coach, Dominique Ndikabandi told Uganda Radio Network-URN, that he negotiated with the officials to allow his team field, four staff members. The rules provide for three staff and four MPs per netball game, to encourage MPs to play.  

Meanwhile, Kenya and Tanzania went neck to neck in their first netball game which by press time was 9-8, 13-12, 20-19 and 23-29 in favor of Tanzania. Tanzania won the second quarter while Kenya came back from one goal behind to score 4 goals in the third quarter against Tanzania's 2 goals. However, Tanzania improved in its attack and also benefited from faulty footwork and a panicky Kenya centre to win the final quarter.  

The games have attracted four countries; Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania, competing, alongside the East African Legislative Assembly –EALA, in seven sports disciplines including netball, football, volleyball, basketball, athletics, tug of war, darts and golf.