When the national rugby league kicks off at various grounds tomorrow, Pirates will be looking to win their maiden title.
Having won the Uganda Cup after defeating Heathens 31-20 in the final last week, Pirates, who take on Makerere Impis, now want their hands on the league crown.
“We have a good chance and we want to give it a shot,” Pirates’ Denis Etuket stated.
Pirates’ wins over Kobs and Heathens en-route to the Uganda Cup trophy further indicated the fact that the gap between the big two sides and the Uganda Cup holders has narrowed.
Bobby Musinguzi’s charges showed resilience in their comeback to defeat Kobs in the semis before dominating Heathens in the final. The season starts at the right time for Pirates as their blend of young players and the experienced guards starts to reap fruits.
Etuket and Uganda Cup final man-of-the-match winner Joel Anguyo lead a group of young players who have nothing to lose. Acting captain Ivan Magomu embodies the crop of youths at the club.
The likes of Timothy Kisiga, Baron Kasozi, Desire Ayera and Raymond Emanzi have all combined well since joining the team.
The good times at Pirates also coincide with struggles at both Kobs and Heathens and this present a chance for the Legends outfit to disrupt the duopoly. After the departure of Philip Wokorach, Asuman Mugerwa and Aaron Ofoyrwoth, defending champions Heathens will be in rebuilding mode.
For Kobs, Joseph Aredo, Ramathan Govule and Keith Sseruyange are names of the past and the gaps left in the team were visible in the Uganda Cup.
Defending champions Heathens open their campaign with a trip to Jinja to face newly-promoted Hippos. Muhammad Athiyo’s charges possess a much lighter pack having lost Mugerwa to Kabras but will still be expected to pick maximum points.