Monday August 11 2014

Kobs date Heathens in Uganda Cup finals

Heathens’ Lomano Ogwal tackles Toyota Buffoloes’ James Odong

Heathens’ Lomano Ogwal tackles Toyota Buffoloes’ James Odong. Right is Eric Kasita. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO 

By Deus Bugembe

At the moment it looks like Kobs wing Ivan Mugira and Coach Allan Musoke are a match made in heaven.

The last time Musoke was out as coach, Mugira nailed a last minute penalty for Crocs to hand them their maiden Protector series title. On Saturday a similar scenario came to life, Musoke was stand in Kobs coach as Mugira slotted in a late penalty against Ezee Money Rhinos to help Kobs book a place in the Uganda Cup final with a 14-13 win.

Kobs were quick to get off the blocks with a Michael Amollo try after a brilliant piece of play from Ivan Kirabo who started at fly half for the reigning league champions. The bout was a boot tale as kickers kept making the scores tick with Kevin Markmot, Joseph Aredo and Ivan Kirabo responsible for 70 percent of the game’s points.

Kobs captain Brian Odongo looked more than relieved at the end of the 80 minutes after enduring long spells of frustration during the game.
“We are relieved that we made it past Rhinos, they brought the game to us and we have to work harder if we are to overcome Heathens in the final on August 23,” said Odongo.

The second semifinal was a one sided affair as Heathens imposed their authority on a helpless Buffaloes side. Tries from Alex Mubiru, Michael Wokorach and penalties from Chris Lubanga were enough to burry Buffaloes who had hoped to make their maiden Uganda Cup final appearance.

“We did not take them for granted because we how dangerous they can be. We took the game as a cup final and the result shows how much we put in,” said Lubanga who was voted man of the match.