By Johnson Were & Edwin Ram
After failing last weekend’s circuit due to financial crisis, the Uganda Rugby Union has opted to end the university league prematurely by having one circuit on Saturday instead of the previously arranged two.
The decision not only handed Makerere side Xfm Impis this year’s championship but denied defending champion UCU the chance to fight back.
“This means we are champions, but it’s unfortunate that we could not complete in all the four circuits. This is bad for the sport because the boys needed the exposure,” Impis boss Louis Lwanga noted.
Meanwhile, with the pending kick off of the third edition of the Western Rugby 7’s in Mbarara on Saturday, officials have confirmed the programme will go ahead as earlier planned.
There was tension that the tournament would be called off after two suspected Marburg patients tested positive at Mbarara University Referral hospital.
In addition, the district independence celebrations and a number of other public events that were scheduled for today were called off.
But speaking on phone, the Mbarara Western Rugby chairperson Robert Bibangamba said clearance had just been given by the district health office.
“We hope to launch the campaign to fight Marburg and sensitise the community to fight the deadly virus with the help of the Uganda Red Cross, Uganda Rugby Union, independent medical facilitators, Police and the UPDF.
All participating teams are excepted to arrive today for the one day tournament on Saturday.