Waterlogged Pitches Upset Copa Coca-Cola Tournament

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The tournament attracted a total of 58 secondary schools, jointly using nine play grounds across Masaka Municipality. However, most of the playgrounds are soaked in water as a result of a sequence of downpours in recent days.

Heavy rains have devastated play grounds in Masaka, as the district hosts the Copa Coca-Cola Secondary schools national tournament.

The tournament which kicked off last evening attracted a total of 58 secondary schools, jointly using nine play grounds across Masaka Municipality. The playgrounds include Masaka Recreation Ground, Masaka Secondary School playground, St. Jude Secondary School playground, St Henry's College Kitovu playground, Sports Arena, and Blessed Sacrament Kimanya playground.

However, only Sports Arena, owned by Masaka Catholic Diocese and St. Henry's Collage Playgrounds are suitable for the games. The rest are soaked in water as a result of a sequence of downpours in recent days.

Alfredo Olwe Adoko, the Sports Teacher of Comboni College Lira, whose school team plays from Masaka recreation ground, says the poor state of the playgrounds is affecting their foot work, ball control and general performance. Comboni College lost to Mary's Kitende in the opening game.

Namagabi Secondary School and Bukoyo Secondary School play from St Jude Playground which is equally in deplorable condition.

Jackson Bateme, the games teacher at Bukoyo Secondary School says the muddy pitches are affecting the flow of the game.  He however hastens to add that they will avoid being bad workmen.
 
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Raphael Bwire, the National Chairperson of Copa Coca-Cola School Tournament says all the pitches are in poor state as a result of weather related challenges for which they have no control. Bwire says they have hired workers to drain water from some of the playgrounds but the heavy rains keep soaking them.
 
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Kibuli secondary school, the 2016 champions started the tournament with a 6-1 win over Soroti Municipality Secondary school. St. Mary's Kitende beat Comboni college 5-0l while Old Kampala SS beat Masaka's Blessed Sacrament 1-0. Hosts Masaka Secondary school beat Yale Secondary School from Kayunga District 1-0.

 

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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.