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Obwango silences Jinja SS, leads memorable celebration

IN GULU, UGANDA

It’s the moment Jinja SS, their fellow Uganda side Kololo SS and handful of locals dreaded at Comboni Vocational Institute.

The rugby sevens final played on Friday had pitted Uganda against Kenya as the former’s Jinja SS and the latter’s Muhuri Muchiri got the final of the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games going.

Kololo SS was the more fancied Ugandan side with Namilyango and St Mary’s College Kisubi, the eternal Uganda rugby giants not faring well.

When Muchiri knocked them out on Thursday, Jinja became a sanctuary of sorts.

They gave a good account and actually came from behind to tie the contest 7-7.

Then came the last play of the game. A muscular Kevin Obwango evaded three defenders to score the final try that sealed a first East African title.

“I am so happy. No one gave us a chance but we have won. I cant believe it,” Obwango said. Euphoric could not describe his feeling.

Thereafter, he led his team in extremely elaborate celebration as Kololo SS, who had earlier contested and lost the third place play-off to Kenya’s Menengai 12-7, and amused locals looked on in envy.  

Some had the presence of mind to pull out their phones and record the rendition of Muhuri Muchiri’s haka.

They looked like they could have played five more games and felt nothing.

It was sheer entertainment.

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