TPDF Eye EAC Netball Crown (allAfrica.com)

East African Community (EAC) Military Games defending netball champions, the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF), maintained their winning spree with a 59-26 victory over Rwanda in Kampala, Uganda on Tuesday.

The win put TPDF, who kicked off their title defence positively by thrashing Burundi 95-6 in their opening game, in a better position to retain the title. TPDF handball team also triumphed 27-25 against Rwanda in a closely contested affair.

The two teams fought neck to neck but the Tanzanians stood firm to overcome their opponents and emerge victors.

In football, TPDF were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts Uganda and were on Wednesday evening scheduled to take on their Kenyan counterparts, Ulinzi Stars, who had already played two games, settling for a barren draw with Rwanda in the first and wining 3-0 against Burundi in the second.

Netball, handball, basketball and football competitions are held at Mandela National Stadium, Lugogo and Mukono, while cross-country will take place in Jinja.

The two-week event, which runs under the theme ‘One People, One Destiny’, involves armed forces teams from Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and hosts Uganda.

It was launched by Ugandan Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi last weekend and is schedule to reach its climax on August 26.

The Military Games and Culture Event are held within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Defence, which was signed in 1998 and revised in 2001.

They are aimed at, among other things, to build cohesion and exchange of culture among EAC military institutions, contribute to confidence building and nurturing a spirit of sportsmanship among the EAC Defense Forces.

The first EAC Military Games and Cultural Event was held in Uganda in 2005, the second was in Kenya, the third in Tanzania, Uganda hosted the fourth edition in 2008.