The national sevens competition this year featured 11 teams hailing from different corners of the nation. The teams participated in a series of seven circuits, which took place in Kampala, Jinja city, Kitgum, Fortportal, and Tororo municipality.
The rally attracted 32 drivers from various rally clubs across the country, but only 10 drivers were able to complete the race in both the two-wheel and four-wheel categories. Several drivers had to retire from the race due to severe mechanical issues with their vehicles that couldn't be resolved at the service park.
The drivers, divided into two-wheel and four-wheel categories, were flagged off for a 24-kilometer track starting from Lwanda Cell in Jinja city, passing through Kakira sugarcane plantations, and finishing in Wandago village, Magaga town council, in Mayuge district.
Following a goalless draw against Gaddafi FC on Tuesday at Jinja's Kakindu Stadium, Lukyamuzi spoke to journalists and explained that his coaching staff is working hard to improve the team's strikers' fitness and scoring ability. He believes that this will help them avoid being relegated at the end of the season.
The 90-minute game ended in a one-goal draw, leading to five penalty shootouts from each side. JIPRA won 4-3, leading to an outburst from the fans of the losing team, who pelted police officers with stones and plastic bottles. The rowdy crowds then flooded the pitch, prompting police to fire teargas for close to 45 minutes.
Rubambura notes that unlike the earlier years when rugby was a sport for a section of high school students and select groups of people, big crowds of fans throng the pavilions and sidelines to watch the sport.
Ssebuguzi beat his close rivals Jonas Kansiime and Byron Rugomoka to win the championship. Ssebuguzi secured easy victory following the drop out of Duncan Mubiru, whose vehicle suffered serious mechanical faults in the first section of the route.
Ashiraf Sanyu netted Bukooli's lone goal in the first round of the finals played Saturday. Kigulu lost hope of neutralizing Bukooli after their striker, Ibrahim Changata missed a penalty shoot in the last minutes of the game.
After winning the regional championship, the girls will gear up for the forthcoming African Women Cup of Nations. The team has always regarded the regional champions as being part of the preparations for the continental Championship, slated for next month in Morocco.