URU launches investigation on missing players

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 03, 2017
  • Ramadhan Govle is one of the players who 'disappeared' after the tournament in Munich. (Photo Courtesy)

The Uganda Rugby Union has launched an investigation that led to the 'disappearance' of three players after competing in an international tournament in Munich, Germany at the weekend.

A statement released on October 2, 2017 and signed by Ramsey Olinga, the URU Chief Executive Officer briefly detailed the circumstances under which the players -Ramadhan Govle, Fred Odur and Brian Kikawa - failed to return with the rest.

The incident happened just four days before the team which resumes training on Tuesday, October 3,  was to play in the Rugby Africa Sevens Cup in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday and Sunday. 

The winners of the tournament will qualify for the Rugby World Cup Sevens to be hosted by the USA in San Francisco next July. Two of the top teams from the Commonwealth countries will also qualify for next year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Uganda had been invited to play in Oktoberfest Sevens tournament in Munich last weekend as a preparation for the qualifier.

Part of the statement read: It is most regretable that although 12 players and 3 officials made the trip to Munich, only 9 players and 3 officials made the trip back to Kampala. Three players; Ramadhan Govle, Fred Odur and Brian Kikawa were missing by the time the team left for Munich last night. All the player's persomnal belongings were still in the hotel rooms by the time the team left Munich as well as all their travel documents."

Olinga writes that the matter has been reported to the authorities. "The Uganda Rugby Union  shall continue to help authorities with investigations and in the strongest terms possible condemn any acts of misbehavior by members of a representative delegation."

Ten countries will be in Uganda for the 2017 Africa Cup Sevens to be played at the Legends ground in Kampala. These are Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Tunisia, Zambia, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Day one order of play 

Ghana v Tunisia (9.30), Zambia v Morocco (9.52), Mauritius v Zimbabwe (10.14), Botswana v Senegal (10.36), Uganda v Ghana (10.58), Tunisia v Zambia (11.20), Madagascar v Mauritius (12.04), Zimbabwe v Botswana (12.26), Zambia v Uganda (12.48), Morocco v Tunisia (1.30), Botswana v Madagascar (1.54), Senegal v Zimbabwe (2.16), Uganda v Morocco (3 p.m.), Zambia v Ghana (3.22), Madagascar v Senegal (3.44), Botswana v Mauritius (4.06), Tunisia v Uganda (4.28), Morocco v Ghana (4.50), Zimbabwe v Madagascar (5.12), Senegal v Mauritius (5.34)