Gerald Ssewankambo Credit: John Batanudde
  • Saturday, April 24
  • Jinja Hippos vs. Heathens – 4:00pm, Dam Waters

Despite losing to perennial rivals Kobs a couple of weeks ago, the Nile Special Stout Premiership defending champions Heathens are mathematically still in the title race.

However, they could be out after Matchday Seven depending on their result against Jinja Hippos who they face on Saturday afternoon at Dam Waters.

The Hippos have been a hard nut to crack this season after head coach Robert Seguya found some balance for the team especially in the forward line.

Heathens head into the fixture well aware of the challenge ahead of them having seen Kobs huff and puff to secure a win against Hippos last weekend.

The champions’ efficiency has been at premium in the last couple of games and a similar show against Hippos could prove costly.

The Teams

Muhammad Athiyo has made nine changes to the team that started against Warriors last weekend. Veteran hooker Alex Mubiru, star lock Charles Uhuru and strongman Scot Oluoch are back in the team along with Emmanuel Byamugisha.

Gerald Sewankambo has been moved to openside flanker with Jordan Bongomin slotted in at inside centre. National Sevens stars Aaron Ofoyrwoth and Michael Wokorach are in at flyhalf and outside centre respectively. Nobert Okeny is in at right wing for Joseph Bulago while Joseph Oyet takes over the fullback position from Trevor Ochan.

Heathens Starting XV: 1. Santos Senteza 2. Alex Mubiru 3. Emmanuel Byamugisha 4. Charles Uhuru 5. Aziz Khan 6. Kato Reynolds 7. Gerald Sewankambo 8. Scott Oluoch 9. Paul Epilo 10. Aaron Ofoyrwoth 11. Nobert Okeny 12. Jordan Bongomin 13. Michael Wokorach 14. Claude Otema 15. Joseph Oyet

Replacements: 16. Ronald Kanyanya 17. Victor Wangobo 18. Gideon Kaihura 19. Lawrence Ssebuliba 20. Arthur Mukama 21. Innocent Gwokto Thomas 22. Joseph Bulago 23. Trevor Ochan

Jinja Hippos eighthman Eliphaz Emong (L) embraces teammate Credit: Edgar Hamala

Meanwhile, Robert Seguya, the man in charge of Hippos has made just a couple of changes to the team that took on Kobs last weekend.

Both changes have been made in the backline with Jackson Opio sliding into full back for Kelly Okengo, Yasin Wasswa is in at flyhalf for John Echeru while Jacob Ochen has been moved to left wing.

Jinja Hippos Starting XV: 1. Sean Mubiru 2. James Okello 3. Peter Bisaso 4. James Makwasi 5. Charles Tomusange 6. Johnson Biaga 7. David Wako 8. Eliphaz Emong 9. Aziz Bagalana 10. Yasin Wasswa 11. Jacob Ochen 12. Timothy Mugisha 13. Silver Okenyi 14. Maxwell Ebonga 15. Jackson Opio

Replacement: 16. Marvin Mukoka 17. Fahad Madio 18. Edmund Quarisma 19. Tawfik Bagalana 20. Cyrus Kintu 21. Meddy Mapesa 22. Hatim Moses 23. John Echeru

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

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