Kenyans Upbeat Ahead of East Africa Military Games (allAfrica.com)

Kenya will be represented in five disciplines to the East Africa Military Games scheduled to start on Saturday in Kampala, Uganda.

Kenya Defence Forces will be represented in football by the Kenya Premier League side ulinzi with other teams flying the country’s flag in athletics (cross country), handball and basketball. Kenya are the defending champions in athletics, football, basketball and handball while Tanzania hold the netball crown.

During the flag hand over yesterday at DOD, the Vice Chief of Kenya Defence Forces Lt. General Joseph Kasaon urged the Kenyan contingent to the games to ensure they return home with all the trophies on offer this year.

“Last year you demonstrated your talent in winning four of the five team titles on offer and I want to you to add on your list the elusive netball crown and I am confident you will deliver,” said Kasaon. He said KDF has a rich tradition and history in sports and urged the team to maintain the standards.

Chef de Mission, Col. Charles Owino, said the goal is to bring all trophies back home. He cited Uganda as their biggest threat in cross-country and exuded confidence that Kenya will prevail. “The Ugandans have athletes who train in the Rift valley and will obviously be tough to beat,” added Owino.

Ulinzi team manager Captain. Joe Birgen said as much as they have a formidable football team, they will have to contend with APR of Rwanda. “It won’t be easy. We watched APR during Cecafa and we expect stiff challenge from them,” he added. He, however, said they will wait and see what Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi will offer. The team leaves the country tomorrow morning.