Airtel boosts 2023 Bika tourney

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David GOMBE

In partnership with Buganda Kingdom, Airtel Uganda has announced its commitment to support the 2023 BIKA Games which are aimed at boosting talent among the youth in Buganda Kingdom. The announcement was made today at Bulange in Mengo.

The annual BIKA Games is a grassroots tournament that draws together 56 clans, including the royal clan, the Abalangira, that make up the Buganda totems. The tournament games shall be Football and Netball.

Mr. Ali Balunywa, the Sales Director who represented the Managing Director at Airtel Uganda said,

“Our existing partnership with Buganda Kingdom, and now the BIKA sponsorship present yet another opportunity for us to reaffirm our commitment to Transforming Lives through sports. We are intentional in investing in grassroot sporting activities that provide an avenue for identifying and developing talent for prominent national tournaments like the Masaza Cup, Uganda Premier League among others.”

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The Katikkiro, Charles Peter Mayiga appreciated His Majesty King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II for promoting youth-led programs such as BIKA tournament, and agri-business projects, as platforms for mobilizing the youth to meaningfully participate in the transformation of Buganda. He particularly thanked the Ministry of Sports and Leisure for leading the organization of the BIKA tournament.

The three months’ tournament will start on May 13th, 2023 as Engabi Ensamba lock horns with Nkima clan in both Netball and Football.

The event is projected to attract over 1100 boys and 440 girls from 56 clans who will compete in football and netball games this year, with a fan base of more than 80,000 people expected to grace the tournament.

“We thank partners like Airtel Uganda for heeding our call of boosting sports activities in the Kingdom and coming on board as sponsors of the 2023 BIKA Games. The games play a significant role in both personal development and social cohesion among the youth.”

“These tournaments are a good platform for us to mobilize the youth to participate in socioeconomic change programs that foster handwork, savings culture, and positive behaviour change.” Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga remarked.

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Ndiga Clan are the Bika football defending champions following their triumph over Lugave in the previous edition.

In Netball, Ngeye are the reigning champions after prevailing over record winners Mamba Namakaka.

BIKA All Winners since inception:

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1950:Mbogo
1951:Ngabi Nsamba
1952:Mmamba Gabunga
1953: Not Held
1954:Not Held
1955:Kkobe
1956:Mmamba Gabunga
1957: Nyonyi Nyange
1958: Ngeye
1959: Mmamba Gabunga
1960: Ffumbe
1961: Bbalangira and Kkobe
1962: Nkima
1963: Not Held
1964: Mmamba Gabunga
1965: Mmamba Gabunga
1987: Ngabi Nsamba
1988: Lugave
1989: Mmamba Gabunga
1990: Lugave
1991: Ngeye
1992: Ngeye
1993: Nkima
1994: Mmamba Gabunga
1995: Lugave
1996: Mpindi
1997: Nnyonyi
1998: Lugave
1999: Lugave
2000: Mpologoma
2001: Ngo
2002: Mpologoma
2003: Mmamba Gabunga
2004:Lugave
2005: Ffumbe
2006: Mpindi
2007: Ngabi Nsamba
2008: Kkobe
2009: Ffumbe
2010: Nte
2011: Mmamba Gabunga
2012: Ngeye
2013: Ngabi Nsamba
2014: Mmamba Gabunga
2015: Mbogo
2016: Nte
2017: Nte
2018: Nkima
2019: Mbogo
2020: Not played (Due to COVID-19 pandemic)
2021: Not played (Due to COVID-19 pandemic)
2022: Ndiga

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