Entebbe Sadolin Mongers coach cum player, Ben Kigongo Ssebalamu believes his club was good enough to win the 2016 national rugby title had it not been the minimal errors committed match after match.
A visibly disappointed Kigongo, one of the founding pillars of the club since his Entebbe Parents secondary school days attested to Kawowo Sports after the club’s final match of the season.
Mongers narrowly defeated Pirates 10-9 at the House of Pain stadium in Entebbe on the last day of the season;
At the beginning of the season, we assembled a championship winning side. However minimal but avoidable errors cost us dear at most matches
Flanked by a member of the technical committee, Robert Powell, Kigongo boldly asserts they had the best pack out of all the teams in the national premier rugby league.
When you look at all the teams around. No doubt we have the best pack.
But, at times we lacked commitment, we looked unserious as the opposition smiled
Uncharacteristic of Mongers, the club lost three home games in the entire season at the dreaded House of Pain arena bowing at their Manyago based home to the eventual winners Betway Kobs, Hima Heathens and Rhinos.
Robert Powell, an American who has always come in handly to assist in the trechnical department missed much of the season because of work committments with the UN in Juba.
He has a strong believe the reflection of the season past will be a great stepping stone for the Mongers in two to three years.
“We had a fair season. We need to polish up the departments that have been lacking. The time is fantastic and with more training, Mongers will be the team to beat” Powell noted.
Kigongo cites two games that he thinks where the best for Mongers in the season – Mongers 17-12 victory at Kyadondo over Hima Heathens and the 50-11 humiliation of Impis stood out according to the coach.
He however wants to forget in a flash the draw against Rhinos and the back to back losses to Bet way Kobs in Entebbe and at Kampala Rugby club.
Betway Kobs clinched the 2016 title despite falling to Hima Heathens on the last day of the season at Kyadondo.
Focus now turns to preparations for the Uganda Cup and the national seven’s.