Friday June 6 2014

‘Bad boy’ James Kimono relishing comeback after nine-month ban

Kimono (L) tackling Impis scrum half Barnice

Kimono (L) tackling Impis scrum half Barnice Muhairwe. PHOTO BY E.CHICCO 


Every time the name ‘Kimono’ is mentioned or read anywhere, a stout figure of DMark Kobs and Cranes winger Justin Kimono is that first thing that flashes in most rugby fans’ minds.

But this time round its his elder brother James Kimono in the spotlight.
During last year’s Uganda Cup final against Heathens, the hooker attacked referee David Kirabira in the 17-7 Uganda Cup final loss to Heathens after he was sent off for stamping an opposition player.
The disciplinary committee found Kimono guilty of ‘physical abuse of match officials’.

Lengthy ban
The offence carries a penalty of between 24 to 96+ weeks, to life and Kimono paid the price as he was served with a nine-month ban.
The suspension is now in its last month and the regretful Kimono is eager to make a return to competitive rugby.

“I have put the past behind me,” said the 24-year-old.
“I have missed playing the game and cannot wait to be part of the action again.”

The DMark Kobs player missed the previous season in which his side was crowned league champions for the first time in as many as five years.
Kimono had earlier served a four-match ban from his club. He served the club punishment and finished it successfully in January.

Full names: James Kimono
Club: DMark Kobs
Position: Hooker
Age: 24
Club debut: 2008