Kampala Old Boys (KOBs) Rugby Club earlier today unveiled nine new players to bolster their ranks ahead of the upcoming Nile Special Stout Rugby League.
This brings an end to lots of speculation surrounding the 2016 champion’s transfer window activity. Having spent four years watching rivals, Heathens win three league titles with Pirates scooping the other; the Legends club used the transfer window to make a statement about their ambitions for this season’s shortened league.
The industrious Arthur Mpande joins the Betway sponsored team headlining an exodus from last season’s league trailers, Rhinos. Byron Oketayot, too, wasn’t left behind by this exodus. Meanwhile, Saul Kivumbi and James Odong’s expeditions in Kenya with Impala and Nondies, respectively, are done as they look to bring their experience to Davies Kiwalabye’s reigning national sevens champions.
Head coach Davies Kiwalabye will surely have a selection headache with his pack. Michael Otto makes a short trip from Kyadondo Rugby Club’s Heathens to Legends, carrying utility back Masendi Robert with him. Another back joining the squad is scrum-half Brian Ochan.
Kobs, known for giving their youngsters a chance through feeder club Boks, has not disappointed with hooker Trevor Maina and Humphrey Olaunah earning promotions for their expeditions with the junior team.
The twelve-time league champions have also lost some of their stars, with Ronald Musajjagulanyango and scrum-half Ivan Kirabo moving to Rhinos as Ivan Bigirya joins warriors youngster Humphrey Magero joining Makerere Graveyard tenants Rams. Nobert Okeny also moved to last season’s champions, Heathens.
In a statement issued by Kobs on their official social media accounts, coach Kiwalabye urged players to continue their set strength and conditioning regimes as they adhere to the Return to Play protocols in place by the Uganda Rugby Union to mitigate the spread of Covid19.
Kobs start their assault to attain the Nile Special Stout Rugby League returns this weekend against Rhinos as Heathens start their title defense by hosting Pirates and Kyadondo. Rams travel to Kyadondo for the lunchtime game against Buffaloes as Warriors welcome Hippos to legends at the same time. At the Graveyard, Makerere Impis will be putting their arrogance on the test as they host Mongers.