The Uganda Cup semifinals this weekend provide us with a mouthwatering classic rivalry clash between Uganda’s most successful clubs, as Betway Kobs welcome Hima Cement Heathens to Legends Rugby Grounds.
Before last year where Heathens lost the finale to Black Pirates, Heathens had won the Uganda Cup four consecutive times, and Kobs winning it in 2012 before them. They had been switching it between themselves. But for the last twelve month, the two sides failed to register even a single bit of silverware between them.
The two met twice last season in 15s contests with each winning their home fixture in two dead-rubber fixtures.
Following a trophy-less 2017-2018 campaign, the 2016 Uganda Cup champions have made many changes to their side hoping to turn that around. They have been counted out by many but with many hungry new faces from Buffaloes mainly, the Heathens will be raring to go.
The new Heathens got to work as soon as the opening round as they annihilated Kyambogo 134-00. They set up a less easier clash with Rams at Kyadondo Rugby Club with Rams and they were able to win 27-00.
The line-out which was their major undoing last season saw them recruit Buffaloes jumpers, Charles Uhuru and Simon “Olet” Diego. The two had a flourishing international season with the Rugby Cranes. Following them from Buffaloes were Kevin Kermundu, Jordan Bongomin, Paul Epilo, the Masendi boys Robert and Paul and Gerald Ssewankambo.
Ssewankambo, Bongomin and Masendi Paul will be welcome players at Heathens as they will provide the much needed cover that Heathens skipper Michael Wokorach has needed for long in the midfield. Michael will be returning into the side from leading the Uganda Sevens to third place in Tunisia in the Africa 7s. Diego and Uhuru will be hassling with Kobs’s new boy Robert Aziku in the lineouts.
The Heathens have a new look backline that sees the elimination of old guns like Bishop Onen, Chris Lubanga and Allan Otim in the favor of Paul Epilo, Robert Masendi and Bongomin. They will still be without runner Lawrence Ssebuliba who is just recovering from an arm injury sustained on international duty in Namibia.
Betway Kobs Vs Hima Cement Heathens – 2pm