Raymond Emanzi Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
  • Uganda Cup Final | Saturday, October 27
  • Kobs vs. Pirates – 4:00pm, Legends
[/media-credit] Kobs will be looking to pull Pirates back to earth Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The first silverware of the new rugby season will be up for grabs on Saturday evening at Legends. Black Pirates take on Kobs in the final of the Uganda Cup.

Pirates will be playing in their third successive cup final, while it will Kobs’ first in three seasons having fallen at the semifinal hurdle the previous two seasons.

It will be interesting to see how Kobs head coach Fred Mudoola lines-up his charges after several players as James Ijongat, Ivan Kirabo, Joseph Aredo as well as Ian Munyani were fielded outside their natural positions in the 10-08 semifinal win over rivals Heathens last weekend.

With the arrival of Robert Aziku and Ronald Musajja to join Adnan Mutebi and Collins Kimbowa gave Kobs some much needed force in the scrums. Aziku’s expertise in the line out has come in handy for Kobs.

Pirates halfbacks are self-selected. Conrad Wanyama who believes he’s the best scrum-half in the country and his Captain Ivan Magomu have been in devastating form since last season and will carry the responsibility of rowing the Sea Robbers forward.

On the other hand, Davis Kiwalabye had a lackluster performance in the final third and Mudoola will hope his number nine makes better passes. Kirabo looked basic against Heathens, and it remains to be seen if Mudoola and Tumusiime will steak with him or go with one of the other two season fly-halves in Ijongat and Aredo.

In the semifinals, Kobs kicking was atrocious with Kirabo and Ijongat fluffing all penalties and conversions. One would think Aredo would take on those duties on Saturday.

Wanyama was not much better for Pirates with his boot but he seems to be Pirates first choice. Will Magomu takes on those duties? Probably not, especially with Joel Anguyo who is an excellent kick back in the line up as well.

Pirates backline is more familiar than it has been through out the competition. Timothy Kisiga returns at fullback with Muhammad Haruna who was the makeshift in the semifinals starting as the outside center and Baron Kasozi at the right wing.

Whichever way the teams line-up, the encounter promises to be mouth watering and one to look forward to as the last hurdle of the knock out competition.

Pirates Starting XIV: 1. Ivan Wavamuno 2. Nathan Bwambale 3. Edgar Pajob 4. Joel Anguyo 5. Frank Kidega 6. Musa Muwonge 7. Isaac Rujumba 8. Desire Ayera 9. Conrad Wanyama 10. Ivan Magomu 11. Timothy Odongo 12. Isaac Massa 13. Muhammad Haruna 14. Baron Kasozi 15.Timothy Kisiga

Replacements: 16. Gideon Wabwire 17. Keith Yongera 18. Owen Babiiha 19. Kelvin Balagadde 20. Pius Mwanje 21.Brian Ochan 22. Eric Mula  23. Raymond Emanzi 24. David Busingye

Past Uganda Cup Winners

  • 2018 –
  • 2017 – Pirates
  • 2016 – Heathens
  • 2015 – Heathens
  • 2014 – Heathens
  • 2013 – Heathens
  • 2012 – Kobs
  • 2011 – Kobs
  • 2010 – Kobs
  • 2009 – Heathens
  • 2008 – Kobs
  • 2007 – Pirates
  • 2006 – Kobs
  • 2005 – Kobs
  • 2004 – Heathens
  • 2003 – Heathens
  • 2002 – Heathens
  • 2001 – Heathens
  • 2000 – Heathens
  • 1999 – Heathens

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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