New Vision (Kampala)

17 September 2012

Uganda: Teams Will Not Pull Out of Rugby Tournament

Whoever thought the Pirates and Rhinos will withdraw from the Nile Special Rugby Uganda Cup tournament is wrong.

The two sides have ruled out withdrawing from the tournament and vowed to go for nothing less than the title.

Too desperate to recapture the title they last won in 2007, Pirates have crossed the border to reinforce their squad with five Kenyan internationals Nick Barasa, Leslie Ochieng, Bamburi rugby super series 2011 MVP Nick Lango of Rhinos, Lawrence Buyachi and Kevin Omiyo.

"The suspended officials (Steven Ojambo and Sam Ahamya) are members of Pirates but not executive members and cannot make any decision for the club or influence our management," a top Pirates official who preferred anonymity stated.

When contacted, Pirates' director of rugby Godwin Kayangwe aka. Tonchu, confirmed the developments but added that only two have already sealed the deal.

"Yes we are in talks with them but I can confirm winger and back player Ochieng and centre Kevin Omiyo are joining but we are still discussing with Buyachi," Kayangwe stated with confidence.

Meanwhile John Musoke has vowed to continue with his coaching role at Rhinos till he receives a formal communication of the sanction from the Union. IRB rules states that any sanction becomes effective after a formal communication.

Saturday fixtures:

Kobs v Buffaloes

Heathens v Impis

Rhinos v Mongers

Pirates v Summerkamp

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