KOBs outsmart Pirates to be crowned rugby’s 2020/2021 champions

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By Ali Mutanje

FT: KOBS 15-05 Pirates 

It was a deserving end to an incredible journey that the KOBs have had this season. The champions remained steadfast from gameweek one and have not wavered. They proved why they are legends with most teams struggling after the pandemic that had everything halted. They reclaimed their spot four years later from Heathens and what a story! 

The wait was over, the match got underway at Legends. KOBs were knocking on the door in early minutes with April player of the month James Ijongat kicking the ball wide. He skewed another one wide a few minutes later, closer, off the mark and it did not take long. Alhaji Manano on the chase before grounding over. Ijongat adds the extras. 

William Nkore then failed to convert the penalty for the visitors after KOBs were penalised for a high tackle. Another missed penalty by the visitors by Conrad Wanyama showed how this game was going to end. 

Haruna Muhammad made a try for Pirates. Game on. Things were getting ugly for KOBs with Brian Odongo who made a miraculous recovery for this game but could not continue and he was substituted for Paul Ssekamatte. Ijongat quickly split the upright. 10-05 and the KOBS went marching. Break time and KOBS were in a slender lead. 

The second half and a long 40 minutes were on for both teams. KOBS had laid siege in the Pirates area but the visitors were still resilient. Something had to be done and so Saul Kivumbi came on for Collins Kimbowa. James Ijongat missed a penalty and another substitution as Faraj Odugo came on for Brian Opar. 

KOBs held on to their lead in a hard fought battle  with the match ending 15-05. They were able to erase memories of 2019, where they lost the title after Pirates beat them handing the trophy to Heathens, The trphy was handed to them by Prince Wasajja and they won prize money of 10 million UGX. Well done lads

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