Sad Weekend As Player Dies During Uganda Cup Opener

Saturday Results


Heathens 102-0 Mbale Elephants


Kobs 51-7 Lira Bulls


Nile 4-64 Buffaloes


Gulu Elephants 6-18 Pirates


Stallions 12-36 Mongers


Warriors 34-0 Boks


Impis 12-0 Rams


It was a sombre weekend as the Nile Special Uganda Cup kicked off on Saturday following the unfortunate death of Nile’s Yusuf ‘Baban’ Zaidi collapsed as his team lost 64-3 to Toyota Buffaloes at Dam Waters grounds in a one-sided pool B encounter.


This was the second such incident on a rugby pitch in the past one year. Last year, Kenya Lionesses captain Sidney Shikoyi collapsed and died at Kyadondo during the Elgon Cup tie between Kenya and Uganda.


Yusuf a senior four student at Jinja Senior Secondary School  who was reportedly also fasting and by the time he collapsed, it was close to 7:00pm Muslims are supposed to break their fast according to a friend of his Emmanuel Ikonde also a student at the same school.


Scanty reports also indicate the deceased had complained about a bit of malaria prior to the game but insisted on playing.


He was rushed to Jinja hospital but died on the way. His body was taken to Jinja regional referral hospital mortuary.
An eyewitness told RED that the late had collided with an opposing player for which he was treated only to get back to the pitch without the permission of the medical team or the referee moments later collapsed and was rushed to a waiting ambulance only to be pronounced dead on his way to Jinja Hospital.


“It’s a very unfortunate, this is merely an accident and Zaidi has died a hero, for he died fighting passionately for the sport,” Nile RFC chairman Edward Ochieng told reporters.


Saidi’s body was first taken to Danida in Walukuba/Masese division in Jinja town where he has been residing with his relatives before being laid to rest at Mzee Rashid’s place in Lugalambo village Sunday.


In Gulu, former Uganda Rugby Cranes coach Ham Onsando won his first assignment as G4S Pirate head coach in a very unfamiliar territory defeating Gulu Elephants 18-6 in the first ever Uganda Cup fixture to be played in northern district.


Defending league champions MTN Heathens also recorded the biggest score-line with 102-0 win over Mbale Elephants at Kyadondo while Uganda Cup champions Kobs started their title defense on a high with a 51-7 win over Lira Bulls at Legends Rugby grounds.



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