How it Went Down at the ‘Sports-Filled’ Weekend

With the number of sporting events that were happening in Kampala at the just concluded weekend, it is fit to refer to the whole of it as a “sports weekend.”

From the National Basketball League (NBL) Playoffs, to the Rugby Elgon cup, the UEFA Champions League finals, the Africa Women’s 7’s finals and finally the Monaco Grand Prix, the weekend was sports filled.

The events that were local were the NBL playoffs played at the MTN Arena in Lugogo, the Elgon Cup between Kenya Simbas and Rugby Cranes at Legends grounds and the Africa Womens 7’s final in Botswana.

Internationally was the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on Saturday and the Monac Grand Prix for formula 1 lovers on Sunday.

  1. NBL Playoffs.

A total of 11 games were played in both the women and men’s leagues between Friday, May 25th and Sunday May 27th.

Saturday, May 26
Angels 47-36 Javon Ladies
UMU Ravens 29-56 Nkumba Lady Marines
Our Saviour 63-49 KCCA Impalas
City Oilers 65-48 Charging Rhinos
KIU Titans 46-47 Sharing Youth

Sunday, May 27
KIU Rangers 63-62 Magic Stormers
KCCA Impalas 60-89 Betway Power
Charging Rhino 59-66 Our Saviour
KCCA Leopards 58-55 A1 Challenge
UPDF Tomahawks 57-100 KIU Titans
Pemba Warriors 51-58 City Oilers

  1. Elgon Cup
It was a real battle at Legends Rugby Grounds. (Photo by: Nile Special)

In a well-attended game played at Legends grounds in Nakawa, Rugby Cranes were humbled to a 16-32 loss to Kenya Simbas.

The Simbas dominated the better part of the game leading with 24-9 in the opening half.

Ivan Magomu would later breathe some life into Rugby Cranes after scoring three penalties although that was not enough to save the Cranes.

  1. Africa Women’s 7’s finals

Uganda Ladies sevens went ahead to lose 16-34 to Kenya in the finals of the Africa Women’s 7’s held in Botswana on Sunday.

This came barely a day after the Rugby Cranes had lost to Kenya Simbas in the Elgon cup, making the weekend a not so good one for the rugby fans.

  1. UEFA Champions League
MTN MoMo Nyabo ambassador Kazoora with friends at the live screening event. (Photo by: Capital FM)

There was a lot of anticipation for the UEFA Champions League finals and different hangout spots planned differently for the evening.

Despite the daunting loss for Liverpool fans and apologists, there was heavy partying in Kampala despite the results.

From Capital FM grounds where the radio station had partnered with Heineken to do a live screening, lots of fun activities took place that saw a number of pulsers walk away with hampers after predicting well.

Staunch soccer fans cheer up as the game progresses. (Photo by: Capital FM)
  1. Monaco Grand Prix

Despite Redbull’s Ricciardo taking the lead in the Monaco Grand Prix, it was a good day for Ferrari supporters, breaking Mercedes dominance.

In the circuit, Ricciardo came first followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, Mercedes’ Luis Hamilton was third, Ferrari’s Räikkönen in fourth place while Mercedes’ Bottas was fifth.