It proved to be a case of David Vs Goliath when Buganda Kingdom entities met for this year’s Sports Gala at Namboole Stadium with Buganda Land Board proving too good for them to win their fourth trophy in a row.
Unlike the biblical story where the underdog (David) trounced the favourite (Goliath), this time BLB made sweeping victories in almost all sports disciplines, subsequently walking away with the overall winners gong.
BLB's team members hoisting the overall winner's trophy.
Now in its fourth year, the Buganda Kingdom Gala is organised to promote togetherness among employees of the different kingdom entities through competitive sports and fun games. The activity is also part of fulfilling Kabaka’s continued call for the people of Buganda to embrace routine physical exercises for healthy bodies and sharper minds.
This year’s participating entities included BLB, CBS, BBS, Buganda Tourism and Heritage Board (BHTB), LubiriNaabagereka Primary School, Majestic Brands, Namulondo Investments, Buganda Administration, and Buganda Royal Institute.
BLB staff jubilating after the football team had beaten CBS fm on penalties.
The games includedboard games (chess, Ludo, scrabble, pool table, mweso), football, netball, volleyball, athletics, netball, bicycle race, and fun games (tug of war, bottle filling, egg race and sack race.)
At the end of the day, Buganda Land Board scooped gold medals in football, net ball, volleyball, bicycle race, athletics women, tug of war, pool table, and chess. They also held podium finishes in the other games.
This year’s gala kicked off with the bicycle race which was swiftly won by Buganda Land Board.
Omuk.Bashir Kizito, BLB's head of Operations and Business Development receiving a gold medal from Buganda Kingdom's 1st deputy Katikkiro.
Then came athletics for both men and women which were predominantly won by CBS FM and Namulondo Investments. Buganda Land Board was triumphant in the 200 metres race for women as were as the women relays.
In the fun and board games, there was a share of victories among entities in the various disciplines with the likes of Namulondo Investments, Buganda Royal Institute, Lubiri-Nnaabagereka P/S, CBS, BBS, BHTB all winning at least one game.
L-R: Mr.Kabugo Alex (Manager-LMIS), Mr.MArtin Mujabi(Head Finance and Administration), Mr.Simon Kabogoza (Deputy Managing Director-administration and head Corporate Affairs), Mr.Kigozi Jude (Human Resource Officer) enjoying the games.
In football, Buganda Land Board and CBS FM topped their respective groups and met in the finals where BLB emerged 3-1 winners in penalties.
BLB then thrashed LubiriNaabagereka Primary School 25-14 in Netball while the BLB Volleyball team were 2-0 winners over Namulondo Investments in the finals.
Speaking at the function, the Buganda Kingdom Youth and Sports minister Henry Ssekabembe commended the participants for the sportsmanship exhibited and called upon members to concentrate on the positives of sport rather than being bad losers.
The chairperson of the organizing committee RachaelNamugenyi noted that while this is a voluntary event, it was promising that ten of the 13 kingdom entities had participated this year. She, however, called for the kingdom administration to make it part of the mandatory annual kingdom calendar.
Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga was represented by his deputy Hajji TwahaKawaase who applauded the winners and all participants for their voluntary exhibition of talent.
He noted that sports brings all people together whereby it is possible for a cleaner on one organization and a managing director of another organization to push and shove in a given game and be judged by the same rules.
“This kind of interaction is very important in propelling Buganda to the top. The cooperation and solidarity must start within kingdom entities before we preach it to the rest of the kingdom,” he said before giving out medals to the eventual winners.
WE WIN BY DESIGN
On receiving the overall winners’ gong, Simon Kabogoza, the deputy MD (administration) noted that this was a reminder of BLB might within the kingdom.
He paid tribute to the rest of the entities for their continued efforts to dethrone BLB but they may have to triple their efforts to stand a chance.
With over 300 employees, BLB is the biggest Kingdom entity in terms of numbers. These numbers are however supplements by consistent and systematic preparations that involve weekly compulsory physical drills scheduled within working time. BLB also hired an in-house professional football coach and team doctor, something other entities are yet to prioritise.
Kabogoza, who doubles as the Head Corporate Affairs, says that while it is healthy and easy to participate, victory is only achieved by the prepared.
“We have not won four trophies in a row by accident or chance; we prepare for this,” he said before calling on other entities to borrow a leaf.