Kimono gets nine-month ban
Posted Saturday, October 5 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- Losing the Nile Special Uganda Cup to rivals MTN Heathens wasn’t the last bad thing that happened to DMark Kobs this year.
James Kimono should probably be it. To crown an abysmal season for the giants, Uganda Rugby Union (URU) has handed the Kimono a 36-week ban for assaulting a referee.
The hooker attacked David Kirabira in the 17-7 Uganda Cup final loss to Heathens on August 31 after he was sent off for stamping an opposition player.
“The committee found Kimono guilty of “physical abuse of match officials”. The offence carries a penalty of between 24 to 96+ weeks, to life,” reads part of the verdict.
The three-person disciplinary committee sat on September 13 and was chaired by Rachel Odoi with Andrew Otengo Owiny and Jacko Chagga as members.
Communication of the verdict was delayed for almost two weeks as URU tried to “deal with the incident in the best possible way”.
One URU official who preferred anonymity to speak freely told Saturday Monitor that the nine-month ban is ‘light’.
Adding that; “I think a life ban or maybe five years (would be appropriate),” the official said.
Back in the early 90s, Moses Umah Tete, a player at the time, got a life ban for slapping Chagga, then a referee, during a tournament in Jinja. “Jacko was an a*** but still no excuse to touch a ref,” he added.
Before URU sat, Kobs had already taken action against James, an elder brother to Rugby Cranes wing Justin Kimono, handing out a four-month ban.
Kimono has been extremely remorseful, writing apologies to all parties concerned and all this was presented to URU by Geoffrey Mabonga on behalf of the player and the club.
“The DC acted within their mandate. He deserved to be punished. We did our part and shall take lessons from it,” former Kobs and national skipper Adrian Bukenya, also a club official, said. “The acts were unacceptable. Discipline is a challenge. It’s going to hurt us. We have been through it before and we have to deal with it,” Bukenya added.
Lock Victor Wadia, eighth man Steven Ogwete and coach Fred Mudoola served bans ranging from months to two years for an altercation with a referee back in 2008, something that soiled Kobs.
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Mudoola, now on honeymoon following his wedding last Saturday, was the first to castigate James. “To be honest, I am very disappointed with what he did though it was in the heat of the moment.
“I spoke to him and he has apologised but there is no excuse for what he did,” Mudoola said then.
Full names: James Kimono
Club: DMark Kobs
National caps: O
Club debut: 2008
James Kimono is mostly known for being a brother to jet-heeled Rugby Cranes wing Justin Kimono.