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Tuesday, 05 April 2022 08:58

Zawedde: The crown jewel of woodball

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No doubt about it. Lillian Zawedde is the woman Greatest of All Time in Uganda’s woodball. ven in an arena full of legends, the Ndejje University great still makes headlines.

Woodball, which was introduced in Uganda in 2006, is widely known for grooming stars. Yet Zawedde, 35, is one special player who has transformed into the game’s crown jewels.

Anyone who doesn’t know much about Zawedde’s career and place in the woodball game – four World Cup appearances, an MVP who thrived right in the teeth of Joan Mukoova, Joyce Nalubega, Sophie Namuddu and so many other prime stars through generations including such trailblazers as Denise Nanjeru.

Whenever she steps onto the course, Zawedde attracts attention from fans, reporters and especially current young stars. She has an even greater legacy.

“Her top performances is a testament of her persistence and the evolution of the game itself,” said Onesmus Atamba, a former player and now assistant accountant at Ndejje University.

“Over the course of the game in Uganda, she has attained everything every player would dream of,” he added.

Ndejje has a big presence of big-name alumni of woodball and such plaudits from Atamba cannot be taken lightly.

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President Yoweri Museveni has received a special award from the International Woodball Federation (IWbF) for his leading role in promoting the “poor man’s version of golf” to the continent.

State Sports minister Hamson Obua received the distinction on behalf of President Museveni during an elaborate ceremony at the Uganda Woodball Federation (UWbF) offices in Nakulabye.

The gift was a personalised plaque with the picture of President Museveni when he tried out woodball in 2014.

Education and sports Minister Janet Museveni also received a special crafted wooden plaque carrying the tools of the sport, for her role as minister.

According to Paul Mark Kayongo, the president UWbF, the award is the first for any African personality.

“Woodball is the most stable federation and as I represent President Museveni to pick this award, I want to assure you that he is grateful with the sport’s direction,” Obua said.

Six World Cups

“Appearing at six world cups is a good sign of growth and I am happy you are partnering with our lead partners, the People’s Republic of China, for growing this sport,” Obua, who said this was the best year for Uganda’s sport, observed.

In 2014, President Museveni toured the woodball equipment manufacturing factory at Ndejje University.

Kayongo expressed gratitude towards President Museveni and the First Lady for the relentless support towards woodball.

“He is the first president globally to embrace the woodball sport. He is a visionary. On a personal note, as someone who introduced woodball in Uganda, his role is unmatched towards our journey,” Kayongo, who is also the global vice president, said.

See original story at Daily Monitor.

Tuesday, 05 April 2022 08:26

Mr.Woodball

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Many Hats.

Paul Mark Kayongo played football as a striker at the amateur level before he resolved to engage in sports administration. The son of an affluent father in Mpigi District, his long CV includes being a founding member of the Fufa Big League, the chairman of Ndejje University Football Club but prominently known as Mr Woodball for his work towards the game’s promotion in Uganda.

Kayongo, who many describe as diligent workhorse, generous and uncompromising, is the unsung hero for Ndejje University’s sports dominance. He serves as the president of the Uganda Woodball Federation (UWbF), and as vice president of the International Woodball Federation (IWbF).

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