Photo: Kyambogo Rugby
Kyambogo University, students, alumni, and well-wishers got together on Saturday afternoon in celebration of the country’s most successful tertiary institute as far as rugby is concerned.
Kyambogo are country and regional (East Africa) bullies in rugby and as the country waits on the Uganda Cup to start, former students and current students got together on the East End of the University to celebrate their rugby heritage.
The game was teed off by Kevin Makmot, former coach of the DusuPay Warriors, for the star-studded alumni side. The students’ team structure tore through the alumni defense and the students found themselves over the white after a charge down on Makmot’s clearance in his 22, with the resulting extras not counting, making it 5-0. He later saved his blushes when he kicked in a penalty and drop goal to put the old guard ahead 6-5. A students’ converted try later, the alumni team was chasing the game 12-06 at the break.
After the break, it was all about the old guard as they got rid of the rust and tried to actually win the game. They got over the white for a try and added a penalty to push the students to nervy 15-14 towards the end. With the time practically done on referee Wutimber’s timer, the alumni got a penalty at the halfway line and Makmot stepped up, nailing it, to give the alumni a dramatic win.
It was a celebration and blend of youth, experience, next-generation, and rugby wholly in an event which was blessed by the presence of Uganda Rugby Union CEO Ramsey Olinga, and former URU Presidential candidate Ivan Ssemuwemba. Other than Kevin Makmot, revelers got to see in action a host of stars including Lawrence Ssebuliba, the veteran Allan Otim, seasoned chatterbox Zeno Othieno and current phenomenons like Boboney Blair, Philip Muhoozi, Al-Hajj Manano.