Kampala Old Boys Rugby Club, known as Kobs, is celebrating its 60th anniversary by hosting the Kitaka 10s rugby tournament. This weekend, rugby enthusiasts will gather at Legends Rugby Club for this special event, dedicated to the memory of their Patron and former Chairman, Edward Kitaka.
Kobs, an amateur sports institution in Uganda since 1963, has a rich history in the country’s rugby scene. Over the years, they have nurtured talent and earned numerous accolades, establishing themselves as one of Uganda’s most celebrated rugby teams.
Edward Kitaka, the club’s Patron and former Chairman, played a pivotal role in supporting both Kobs and the development of rugby in Uganda. Even after his passing in 2005, his contributions continue to resonate within the local rugby community.
Dr. Stonne Luggya, the Chairman of Kobs, explained that the Kitaka 10s tournament is being launched as a flagship event in honour of their late Patron. He also expressed the club’s commitment to organizing the tournament and its potential to showcase players’ skills while promoting sportsmanship in Ugandan rugby.
The tournament has attracted teams from Kenya, including Nondescripts RFC and Busia Border Rucks RFC, as well as a team from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will be joined by 12 local teams, creating a vibrant rugby celebration.
In addition to the men’s competition, five women’s teams will compete in a round-robin format, with the top teams facing off in a final match. This exciting lineup promises a total of 45 rugby games during the two-day tournament.
Isaac Lutwama, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Rugby Union, fondly remembered Edward Kitaka as a strict disciplinarian who commanded immense respect within the rugby community. Kitaka’s dedication to playing, coaching, and leading by example left a lasting legacy in Ugandan rugby, ensuring his name remains synonymous with the sport in local circles.