Pius Mpoza attempts an offload in the tackle.

It was an exciting return for Impis RFC to the top tier premier league last season having gone a full year unbeaten in the championship. As expected, their return was not short of drama both on and off the pitch.

Impis fans celebrate first win of the season.

The club appear to have a harmonious relationship with Makerere University which has come with significant financial and logistical support. Will that result into upward shift on the table?

Signings: Waya Edmond from Rams and Stallone Arinaitwe from Buffaloes join the squad to provide more options for the team at flyhalf in addition to captain Muhiire Spencer.

Departures: Impis have not traded a single player with another club in this transfer window. However, they will miss the services of Mugabi Gabriel, Mathias Ampeire, Kyomuhendo Twaha, and Henry Nsekuye who are out for the year.

Coaching conundrum: Club veteran Emmanuel Katuntu is now full coach after being player-coach from last season but Impis are yet to have a technical bench to support him.

What they say: “The realistic target for the season is not to finish bottom of the log and to have a positive points difference. The goal on the other hand is to finish midtable so we shall aim for both,” head coach Katuntu.

What I think: The excuses of the past seasons don’t apply this year with normal university programs yet to resume. This is Impis’ opportunity to mature from the league’s crybaby and show that they are ready to compete and stay a long time in the top tier.

Ernest Akorebirungi is an amateur rugby player and a keen follower of local Ugandan rugby.

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