Mekelle University played host of the just concluded 9th all African university games courtesy of FASU. More than 5 countries registered athletes in different sporting events. KFAF had earlier this year reached out to FASU secretariat requesting for an opportunity to showcase the game of American football to the African Universities, which they gladly accepted. This being a new game in Africa, KFAF President George Alwanga was tasked to see the demonstration a success.
Mr. Alwanga in collaboration with Mrs. Penninah Kabenge(FASU Secretary Gen) reached out to well-wishers and friends of American football with the aim to get new equipment, uniforms, coaches and experienced players to facilitate a good show. Tom Kelly gridiron Diplomats was delighted with the news and opted to help with Equipment donations enough for a 11 v 11.
Mr. Sulieman Abulista a youth football coach currently in the USA for studies,was a good fit for the game. He’s an experienced Linebacker and Running back whose debut as a professional athlete for Kenya Team was in 2012 during the inaugural East Africa championship bowl held in Uganda. He is also the co-founder of UmojaChiefs club.He spent the first 2 days teaching the basics of the game to new athletes and later they were geared for a scrimmage.
We are in touch with the Mekelle University management to spur the growth and development of the game. There’s is also a plan to have collegiate team travel to Mekelle for a high adrenaline charged game later this year.
Mekelle University made History as it becomes the first University to adopt the game of American football in Ethopia. Special thanks to George Alwanga-President KFAF, Suleiman Abulista-Youth Commissioner KFAF, Peninah Kabenge-Secretariat FASU, Tom Kelly-Gridiron Diplomat USA, SOL Brannah-NFLPA and Lastly to the University President Prof.Kindeya Gebrehiwot and the fraternity at large for a welcoming spirit.