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Ugandan ref caught drinking before a match
By Eric Njiru | Tue 12 Sep, 2017 08:00

A Ugandan rugby referee was pictured taking alcohol before officiating a sevens match in Makerere on Saturday September 9, 2017.

Kawowo Sports reports that Peter Ochol commonly known as Sky Habana was seen taking a few sips before officiating a clash between Pirates and Kyambogo.

The official, one of the highly rated in his East African nation, laboured to hide from the public but was captured on camera sipping on his bottle several times before he ran onto the pitch. The Uganda Rugby Union is yet to comment on the issue. 

Pirates defeated Kyambogo 26-5 in the group game and were eliminated by Kobs after a 10-7 loss in the quarterfinals.

Uganda is ranked 35th in the World and will be looking to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan.

A number of players from Uganda have crossed to the neighboring country, Kenya, for greener pastures in the well paying Kenya Cup rugby sides.

Their Sevens team unsuccessfully tried to qualify for HSBC World Sevens Series as a core team in 2017 but they have a chance to qualify for the Sevens World Cup as they will host the qualifiers in October. 

Kenya 7s and Blitzboks will not take part.

Eric Njiru
eric@ragahouse.com 0726205521
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