Sunday, April 10, 2022

X-RAYING THE PERFORMANCE OF AE-FUNAI AT 26TH NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES GAMES (NUGA)

It was a history making outing for Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu- Alike, Ebonyi State, as it competed for honours at the just-concluded 26th Nigerian Universities Games (NUGA) held at the University of Lagos, Akoka, from 16th to 25th March, 2022.

The University was represented at the sports fiesta by a 64-member contingent, comprising 47students and 17 support staff. It participated in 5 games: Football (male), basketball (male), athletics (5,000, 1,500 meters and Shot-Put), taekwondo and table tennis. 

It was also the first time the University competed for laurels in NUGA finals since its establishment in 2011, having only participated once in observatory status.

Prince Ebenezer displaying the silver medal he won in 5, 000 meters at the games


Though relatively young in comparison to other 72 universities that participated at the games, the University’s contingent exhibited a lot of skill, courage, discipline, gamesmanship and sportsmanship, and ultimately made the University proud in the comity of Nigerian universities.

In athletics, the University through Temple Prince Ebenezer won two medals – silver and bronze in 5, 000 and 1, 500 meters respectively while in the female   shot-put, the University got to the quarter final and ended 5th in the overall ranking of the event.

AE-FUNAI student (on red) competing in the Men’s table tennis single


In taekwondo and table tennis, men’s single, the University also got to the quarter final stage of the events, even as it placed 7th in overall ranking of the table tennis, men’s single.

The University further performed reasonably well in the team events as its male football team won 1 game, drew 1 and lost 1, missing out from moving to the next round of the competition only on goal difference.

Rep. of the VC, Prof. Dennis Akoh (4th R: Front Row) in a group photograph with the University’s male football team at the event

In the overall medal table, the University placed 44 out of 73 Universities that participated at the games. It also placed 2nd among the universities established with it in 2011, and equally emerged in 4th position among the universities in the Southeast of Nigeria.

University’s Basketball team posing for camera at the games


With the performance of AE-FUNAI students at the games, it is evident that the sporting future of the University is bright and in the right direction. Thus, the   Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sunday Elom while expressing his satisfaction on the performance of the University’s contingent to the games assured of his administration’s irrevocable commitment to sports development.

He added that by the next edition of the games scheduled for the University of Jos, Plateau State in 2024, the University would win more laurels, vowing to support the Sports Unit to ensure that the future representatives of the University in sports competitions are properly and adequately trained, prepared and motivated to win medals.

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