NEBBI. Panyango secondary school from Pakwach district are the 2018 football champions of West Nile after overcoming hard fighting Paidha seed secondary at Nebbi secondary school play grounds on Saturday.

It is the first time the school from the new district is crowned champions of the Coca-Cola sponsored post-primary competition.

Goals from Stephen Oketcha and Pius Munguriek cancelled each other in the tense game dubbed the Alur derby leading to penalty shootouts in a rain interrupted finale. Panyango rallied back to win 4-2 on penalties.

The two finalists will be joined in the national competitions by Biyaya secondary of Adjumani district. Biyaya defeated another Adjumani side Alere secondary in the 3rd Place playoffs in what fans termed the Madi derby.

“I am so excited because my team has been going for the regional competitions but always ejected at the group stages, we have never reached semis not even quarter finals”, Mr Moses Ngarombo, the coach of Panyango said after the game.

He paid a special tribute to the head teacher Fr Charles Uhuru for facilitating early preparations of the team

Netball giants Ediofe girls retained the regional netball trophy after overcoming their local rivals Muni girls and are now set alongside 7 other schools to represent the region in the national championships to be hosted by Mvara secondary school of Arua.

Controversy

However some of the districts could not register the required number of schools after disqualifying them for fielding ineligible players during their district competitions; Mvara, Arua Public and Nile high school-Odia were all eliminated during the course of the competition in Arua district; Mandela comprehensive remained the only participant representing Arua.

Some of the districts also criticized the poor mobilization and accommodation facilities at the host school, “I do believe that the organizers needed to do better, you can see the structures here are not good for accommodation, the windows are open and three of my boys fell sick and we had to take them to the hospital” Vincent Vudriku, the Coach of Alere secondary complained.

Vudriku also criticized the “poor” food given to the players; he argued that the shs 1.6 million paid by each school should have been enough to have good meals for the teams.

The games attracted few spectators with sections blaming the poor response on lack of mobilization. The only big crowd was during the finals but the heavy downpour dispersed them before the closing ceremony.