Kampala. Namilyango College, home of the reigning schools league champions, will become the first school ever to host a Nile Special Rugby Premiership game when Betway Kobs entertain Jinja Hippos today.
The game had to go on two weeks ago but it never happened as Hippos failed to show up, prompting the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) to award Kobs a walkover although the latter did not welcome the verdict. Reason, a walkover yielded less points than they thought they would get if the game had been played.
“The game could not be played at Legends as scheduled in the first place because another side, Rhinos, uses the same grounds for training on Wednesday,” tournament director Abel Chadribo told Daily Monitor.
“So both sides agreed on Namilyango as the venue and we had no problem with it since we have inspected the pitch and it’s up to standards,” he added.
In previous campaigns a walkover would automatically come with a bonus point but a new system which awards only four was put in place this season.
It explains why Kobs were quick to appeal the walkover and demanded the game goes on at any cost in the future. Kobs got their wish granted, generating all manners of conspiracy theories.
“In the spirit of sports fair play and competition, we decide to reschedule the fixture with cash fine to the offenders and no repeat warning,” was part of URU’s explanation for overturning the walkover.
Kobs, in third place on 45 points have the chance to move into second place.