Despite a disappointing start to the 2018 East African high school games in Musanze, Rwanda, Kenya still turned from the original rustiness to win the overall title after claiming 28 team medals; 10 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze.
Uganda came in a good second after packing a total of 25; nine gold, 10 silver and six bronze, while the hosts collected 16 medals with four of them gold, five silver and seven bronze.
The Federation of East African High School Sports Associations (FEASSSA) President Justus Mugisha praised the competition as "a huge success" only destroyed by the withdrawals of three member states.
Tanzania and South Sudan faced financial constraints due to lack of government support for their cash withdrawals, while Burundi's participation was limited by the acid diplomatic relationship with the host country  "The level of competition that we have seen, was very impressive, because when the last one entered, nobody knew who would be awarded the overall trophy.
"The teams fought very well and nobody had a clear superiority over the rest of the others. Rwanda has also done very well as a host because of their organization. They were ready in all spheres, "Mugisha told Citizen Digital
Hosts Rwanda organized a magnificent closing ceremony with a traditional dance group and army band after Kenya had mixed fortunes on the last day of the annual competition.
Kenyan champions Kwale Girls covered their sensational rise as a footballing force when they won the regional title and put the Ugandan giants Kawempe 1-0 in the final with captain Elizabeth Katungwa who scored the winning goal.
final boys volleyball, another Kenyan champion Malava Boys suffered 3-2 loss for hosts St Joseph while Kakamega High School and Kaya Tiwi won the boys 'football and girls' basketball third playoffs.
Kenyan rugby sevens champion Laiser Hill was crowned for the first time in their history. East African champions after completing a perfect series of seven wins in seven to the top of the round robin tournament.
Meanwhile, Kwanthanze Girl's underlined their status as the East African volleyball queens when they threw hosts GS Indagaburezi 3-0 (25-22, 25-22 25-19) to achieve their fourth regional title.
Upper Hill won the rugby 15's for boys' title after winning all four of their round robin matches with their arch rivals Kakamega High second.
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