By Emmanuel Sekago
Domestic Darts Lovers and their Counterparts from the rest of East African region will focus their attention to Wakiso as Hotel Mamerito in Bweyogerere hosts the two days Uganda International Darts Open Championship from Saturday 7th to 8th October 2017.
Uganda Darts Association (UDA) has organized the tournament in its continuous efforts to promote the sports at domestic level and fostering better relations among darts players in the region.
Assistant Superintendent of police Mathias Okwi who will be one of the participants in the tournament and captain of team Uganda of 16 men and 8 ladies, said the players have made adequate preparations for this year’s edition and are ready to give the foreign players a run for their money.
“This tournament is to gauge our fitness and readiness on the National team ahead of the East Africa Darts Championship due on 11-12th November 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya where Uganda is a major contender for the inter states event,” Okwi said.
He added; “since July 2017, being among the most top seeded players in Uganda, we have been preparing for this event through the weekly Elite Challenge and expect to see good performance from Uganda players.”
Men: Kalete Ronald (Uganda Prisons) Isaac Passi (Uganda Wildlife Authority), David Alex Tabaro ( Leisure Tec/Wine House DC), Andrew Emomeri (Uganda Prisons), Geoffrey Onen (Uganda Police), Mathias Okwir (Uganda Police), Jacob Okidi (291 DC), Patrick Ochieng (291 DC), Augustus Ndigendawa (Uganda Wildlife Authority), James Ocitti (Uganda Prisons), Saul Mukasa (Kobs), Bosco Lepi (Kampala By Night), James Otim (Uganda Police), Patrick Ojara (291 DC), Anguti Patrick (Kampala By Night), Anguti Patrick (Kampala By Night).
The ladies to keep Uganda’s flag high are: Dinah Amoding (Uganda Prisons), Jennifer Kageye (Uganda Police), Maria Namuganyi (Uganda Polcie), Barbra Birabwa (291 DC), Barbra Akullo (291 DC), Gloria Omwonya (Kampala By Night) Sunday Amony (Uganda Prisons). Sarah Aber (Gulu).
Meanwhile, over the years, it’s players from Uganda who have been dominating the event.
Previously, players Like Saul Mukasa (Kobs DC), Ronald Kalete(Prisons DC), Mathias Okwi (Police DC), Dinah Amoding (Prisons) have won the championship but Ibrahim Abuta and Rosemary Wangoi both from Kenya are the defending champions in men and women categories and have already confirmed participation in the Championship.