The University of Education, Winneba has beaten 30 universities to place 5th at the 8th All Africa University Games held in South Africa in July this year.
The Games aimed at fostering unity on the African Continent brought together 35 participating Universities from 9 countries. Thus, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Zambia.
The participating Universities competed in Basket Ball, football, Tennis, Volleyball, Netball, Badminton, Chess and Athletics. The University of Education, Winneba in the overall institutional ranking, placed 5th after winning 6 gold, two silver and 2 bronze medals.
In a statement issued by the Deputy Registrar, Division of Publications and Communication, Mr. Steve v. Kamassah, the impressive performance of the University at this year’s Games in South Africa is attributable to the commitment of the University's administration to develop its sports infrastructure by committing huge resources to renovating its basket ball court, football field, hockey pitch and other sporting fields on the various campuses of the university. These sporting facilities have facilitated the training of sportsmen and women of the University and have contributed enormously to their performances in this year's Federation of African University Sports Games. Despite this massive success, support from corporate organisations and government is anticipated to ensure total completion of the sporting infrastructural development on the campuses of the University of Education, Winneba. Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and University of Johannesburg, all in South Africa took the 1st and 2nd Positions whiles Ndejje University of Uganda and University of the Western Cape in South Africa emerged 3rd and 4th respectively.
Other Universities from Ghana that participated in the competition are the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. They placed 7th and 9th respectively. The Overall Medal table has the following country based ranking: No. Country Gold Silver Bronze 1. South Africa 24 18 16 2. Ghana 12 10 7 3. Uganda 12 4 2 4. Botswana 5 12 14 5. Zimbabwe 2 6 6 6. Kenya 1 5 6 7. Senegal 1 1 0 8. Burkina Faso 1 0 0 9. Zambia 0 0 3