The 2017 Rugby Uganda Cup starts tomorrow. For the last four years, it has been dominated and won by the Heathens.
However, Heathens’ eternal rivals, Kobs, who have not won the Uganda Cup since 2012, have never been more geared up for it, than they are this time. Kobs fly-half James Ijongat said the drought without silverware in the Uganda Cup has gone on too long, and they are determined to end it this time round.
Ijongat, who was part of the victorious Rugby Cranes Sevens side that won the Africa sevens rugby championship last weekend, is still feeling the effects of that success, and is beaming in confidence.
He said they have overcome the troubles of last season in which they lost the league title to Heathens.
“We are now a better side technically, full of hunger to win everything,” said Ijongat, as they prepared to travel to Mbale, where they take on Mbale Elephants tomorrow.
Last year, Kobs lost 22-27 to Buzz Pirates in the semifinals of the Uganda Cup, a fact that remains fresh in their minds. Kobs were a bit clumsy in that tie then.
However, Kobs will have to do without their captain Oscar Kalyango, who is yet to fully recover from the knee injury he suffered last season. In addition, Joseph Aredo, another hit for the rugby Cranes last weekend, joined Kenya’s Harlequins.
On top of that, Kobs will be missing their star man, Ramathan Govule, who disappeared in Germany while on rugby Cranes duty at the Oktoberfest Sevens tournament recently.
But with the return of former player Ronnie Lutakome, as coach, Kobs have been boosted to get off to a flying start.
UGANDA CUP FIXTURES
Walukuba v Heathens
Gulu Elephants v Warriors
Kyambogo v Buffaloes
Stallions v Mongers
Rams v Pirates
Jinja Hippos v Impis
Mbale Elephants v Kobs
UCU Shepherds v Rhinos