The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) beat 30 Universities from nine African countries to place fifth in the overall institutional ranking table at the just ended 8th All Africa University Games in South Africa.
They won six gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals in the games that brought together 35 universities from Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Zambia.
Two other universities from Ghana; the University of Ghana, Legon and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Kumasi placed seventh and ninth respectively in the keenly contested games held earlier this month.
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and University of Johannesburg; both in South Africa took the first and second positions on the ranking table with Ndejje University of Uganda and University of the Western Cape in South Africa emerging third and fourth respectively.
Mr. Steve Kamassah, Deputy Registrar, Division of Communications and Publications of UEW who briefed the Ghanaian Times attributed UEW’s performance to institutional factors such as the university’s resolve to develop its sports infrastructure.
In line with this, he said the university had committed huge resources to the renovation of its basketball, soccer, hockey and other sporting fields on its campuses; these facilities have facilitated the training of sportsmen and women in the university contributing to the feet achieved.
“Despite this massive success, supports from corporate organisations and government are still anticipated to ensure total completion of the sporting infrastructural development on the campuses of UEW.”
In the overall country ranking, Ghana placed second after South Africa, with 12 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze medals followed successively by Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Senegal, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Zambia.
The disciplines contested for were aimed at fostering fraternity and solidarity among participating institutions and were Basket Ball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Netball, Badminton, Chess and Athletics.
From Jonathan Donkor, Winneba