Jubilant Parliament of Uganda players celebrate, minutes after beating Parliament of Burundi.

The Parliament of Uganda are the new champions of football, and have been declared the ‘best overall team’ at the just-concluded East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) games.

Uganda beat Parliament of Burundi 7-6 in penalties in a scintillating final played at the Mbaraki Sports Ground over the weekend.

Parliament of Burundi’s striker, Denis Karera, beats a Defender from the Parliament of Uganda. Uganda won 7-6 on post-match penalties

Both teams drew 0-0 in regular time leading to the taking of spot kicks to decide the winner.  Even the regular five-a-piece did not decide the winner with each side losing a spot-kick. Eventually, Uganda’s Peter Ogwang ‘sudden death’ spot kick beat the Burundi keeper, Ibrahim Uwizeye to give Parliament of Uganda the trophy, which they last won in 2014.

Both teams played total attacking football with attacks and counter-attacks, the mainstay of the game.  Uganda came close to scoring in the second-half but star striker, Muhammad Nsereko chipped the ball over the bar with the Burundi goalkeeper Uwizeye well beaten.

Parliament of Tanzania’s Deputy Speaker, Dr Ackson Tulia blocks Uganda’s shooter from scoring. Parliament of Uganda were declared the winners in the final game. 

In netball, Parliament of Uganda beat Parliament of Tanzania 38-29 to retain the title for a second year running. The third place went to Parliament of Burundi who beat EALA 30-19.
In men’s Volleyball, Parliament of Kenya dethroned former Champions, Parliament of Rwanda 2 sets to 0 (30-28 and 25-20), while Parliament of Uganda took third place after dispatching EALA.

In women’s volleyball, Parliament of Rwanda were declared champions after defeating Parliament of Kenya 2 sets to 0 (25-19 and 25-19).  Parliament of Tanzania clinched the third place after beating EALA 2 sets to 0 (25-9 and 25-12).

Declared the best overall team, the Parliament of Uganda also took the tug of war titles in both men and women’s categories while Parliament of Burundi were awarded for being the most disciplined team in the entire tournament.

Parliament of Kenya bagged the golf trophy while Peter Mathuki of EALA was feted for being the best golfer.