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Elgon Cup: Kenya Simbas vs Uganda Cranes encounter postponed

The 2021 Elgon Cup first leg encounter pitting Kenya Simbas and Uganda Cranes which was slated for 26 June 2021 has been postponed.

According to Uganda Rugby Union, the postponement is due to the escalating numbers of COVID-19. After consultations between their rugby governing body and Kenya Rugby Union they saw it fit to postpone the clash.

The two Unions will now settle on a new date before making an announcement later.

“Elgon Cup postponed. Due to the escalating numbers of COVID-19 infection, the Elgon Cup that was scheduled for 26th June 2021 has been postponed. The decision was made in consultation with Kenya Rugby Union and a new date will be communicated in due course,” Reads a statement by Uganda Rugby Union.

 Uganda is currently on a 42-day countrywide lockdown that has suspended all sports activities without prior COVID-19 tests and also banned fans from the stadiums.

The Elgon Cup was last played in 2019 with the newly appointed technical bench guiding the Simbas to a 16-5 win over Uganda in the return leg played in Kampala to retain the trophy on a 29-21 aggregate.

Kenya Simbas had lost the first leg encounter played at the Mamboleo Showground in Kisumu 16-13. Last year the competition could not kick-off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both sides are yet to play a competitive 15s match since the 2019 Victoria Cup which saw the Simbas finish second while Uganda came third.

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