Kampala Last year’s Uganda Cup kicked off with horrific news of Yusuf Saidi, a 17 year-old player, dying after colliding with an opponentr in Jinja. The senior four student of Jinja Secondary School then died while being rushed to the hospital.
Saidi was playing for Nile Rugby FC, against Toyota Buffaloes in a game which turned out to be a complete mismatch as Buffaloes won 64-3.
And in an effort to avoid a repeat of similar cases, the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) has banned all players below 18 from taking part in this year’s edition of Uganda Cup, which kicks off on Saturday at various venues. “Only players above 18 are eligible to take part in this year’s Uganda Cup. This is not a schools’ competition and we cannot afford to go through last year’s experience,” said the rugby union Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramsey Olinga.
When asked about players, who are below 18 but physically endowed to take part, Olinga pointed out the need for consulting their parents and doctors.
“Those below under 18 but physically conditioned will have to produce a letter from a qualified doctor and their parents will first have to confirm their participation just in case of anything.”Unlike the Super Eight National League, the Uganda Cup involves second division sides, owing to the fact that it’s a Cup competition. This age restriction is bound to affect some second tier sides like Boks, Stallions, Sailors and Walukuba who bank on High School students as their core.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor