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Crisis looms over Rhinos

With the Uganda Cup barely a fortnight away, things seem to be going in a downward spiral, from worse to worst in the premiership side, Rhinos’ camp.

An inside source confirmed that unrest rose when players discovered there was mismanagement of funds within the club as some players were taking home heavier paychecks than others, contrary to what’s stipulated in their respective contracts.

Earlier this year, Rhinos lost their coach Brian Makalama but managed to end the premiership in second position behind Pirates, also being the only team to beat the latter in an eighty minutes contest of fifteens rugby.

With the initial UGX 74.4 Million sponsorship deal with Shell Rimula in expiration days, it is actually unclear whether the Oil giants will be willing to stay in bed with the Legends based side.

Shell Rimula’s huge money bags were responsible for the new wave acquisition of Scott Oluoch, Mathias Ochwo, Byron Oketayot, Brian Ntale and Stallone Arinaitwe. Stallone has since been rumored to be finding solace at Buffaloes. Scott Oluoch’s contarct with the Rhinos has expired and he is not looking to extend it, rather searching for greener pastures elsewhere.

As if the sponsorship issue was not enough headache for Rhinos, their former skipper and Rugby Cranes half back, Ivan Makmot, earlier this month announced his retirement from playing rugby at the age of 28, moving on to management and coaching, with the DusuPay Warriors being his new home.

Ivan Makmot takes charge of his first official training session as DusuPay Warriors coach Photo : Eric Ndugutse

After a successful 2018 Gold Cup with the Cranes that saw him solidify his place as a starting lock, Robert Aziku is rumored to be nearing the exit from Rhinos and headed towards the blue gate, behind which are 2016 league champions, Betway Kobs. Arthur Mpande is also rumored to be clutching on Aziku’s laces following him to Kobs. Sprinter Oduka has already left the Rhinos with the DusuPay Warriors snapping him up.

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At this rate, the Rhinos are going to fail to assemble a team to compete ably in the Uganda Cup and the 2018-2019 Premiership.


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