‘Lost’ Ugandan rugby players find soft landing in Munich

Ramadhan Govule (C) charges forward with the ball as he plots destruction against the opposition
Ramadhan Govule (C) charges forward with the ball as he plots destruction against the opposition

Three Ugandan national rugby team players who went AWOL in Germany moments after the Oktoberfest rugby tournament which took place in the southern city of Munich have resurfaced.

The trio Brian Kikaawa, Fred Odur and Ramathan Govule are now featuring for the second tier rugby side, Munich RFC.

The trio was on the run, with Ugandan rugby officials and the Germany security apparatus trying to locate them.

The trio all made their debut on Saturday in a 14-12 win over fellow rivals RF C Rottweil, with Odur being named man of the match.

And an excited Munich was quick to congratulate the Ugandans for impressive debut show on their official website.

  “Ugandan speedster Brian Kikawa brought both experiences and pace into the wide channels but in the end it was a combination of 3 debutants who pulled out the match winning play.

“Kikawa made an electric break down the right wing, transferring his 7s skills into the 15s side of the game. Kikawa was backed up magnificently by the marauding Odur who danced his way past 2 defenders to race away under the sticks to take a 2 point lead (14-12) with 5 minutes on the clock,” the club proudly charged on the portal.

Fred Odur(C) in a past action.PHOTO/Citizen/Rugby Union
Fred Odur(C) in a past action.PHOTO/Citizen/Rugby Union

It remains unclear on what grounds the trio has accessed a resident permit in Germany, but speculation is rife that they could have either been granted an asylum or professional work permit.

This is not the first time Uganda players have disappeared while on duty in Europe. Three years ago, in 2014, during a Commonwealth qualifier in Scotland, Philip Pariyo and Benon Kizza left the team’s training camp and re-emergde a few months later playing for Cardiff RFC in Roath, Cardiff.

MRFC Line-up

  1. Karl Wolf
  2. Alex Loders (from 29.min Joshua Kritzler)
  3. Gerd Gerhards (from 50.min Sergio Delgado)
  4. Patrick Schenk (from 55.min Guilherme Buff)
  5. David Clegg
  6. Niklas Graf
  7. Tautuki Choice (from 60.min Alan Moughty)
  8. Ramathan Govule
  9. Antoine Miguet (Capt.)
  10. Adam Popperwell
  11. Douglas Kenison (ab41.min Brian Kikawa)
  12. Sam Cross
  13. Fred Odur
  14. Javier Gonzales (from 41.min Robin Compeyron)
  15. Jakab Fafiolu

Trials: Antoine Miguet, Fred Odur

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