UB dominates SAUSSA Games with 24 medals
Dated : 12.02.2017
The University of Botswana was the toast of the 17th Southern African Universities Staff Sports Association (SAUSSA) Games which the University of Swaziland hosted on December 13 - 20, 2016 when it emerged the overall winner after earning 24 medals from six sporting codes. UB amassed a total of 17 gold medals, five silver and two bronze from athletics, soccer, volleyball, netball, snooker and darts. The games brought together 18 member universities, and for the first time UB had the largest delegation of 169 members of which 100 were from Main Campus and Okavango Research Institute(ORI) in Maun, and the rest were from Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN). In soccer, UB emerged third in a tournament that the University of Fort Hare won, while in netball the team went as far as the quarterfinals after it was knocked out by hosts University of Swaziland who went on to win the tournament. UB would have a little bit of a redeemer when the ladies’ volleyball team settled for the second spot after Zimbabwe’s National University of Science and Technology (NUST). The UB male team got position three after University of Limpopo and National University of Lesotho. However, the darts team failed to reach the semifinal stage after settling for position two in the group stages. The games were officially opened by University of Swaziland (UNISWA) Vice Chancellor, Professor Cisco Magagula on December 14, 2016. Apart from the games, there were other activities such a cultural event during which UB put up a wonderful performance. There was also a charitable event where member universities presented food hampers to the Halfway House in Manzini. The charity organisation is home to underprivileged children aged between one and 18 years. Consequently, it was agreed that the event would now become an annual activity.