The anticipation is building as the Kyabazinga 7s Grand Finale, the culminating event of the 2023 Nile Special 7s circuit, approaches its kickoff date on the 2nd and 3rd of September.
We had the privilege of speaking with key individuals involved in the organization, including Duncan
Kirya Kawanguzi from the organizing committee, Leonard Lubambula of the Walukuba Barbarians, and Imaka Isaac, CEO of the Gabula Royal Foundation. These conversations shed light on the promising developments, challenges overcome, and the dedication of various stakeholders to ensure the success of this sporting extravaganza.
Last year’s Kyabazinga 7s event, organized jointly by the Gabula Royal Foundation and the Walukuba Barbarians rugby club, demonstrated remarkable success despite some financial constraints. The event, part of the 7s circuit, saw the support of local communities and fans, with nearby vendors benefiting from the influx of spectators. Although rain made an appearance, the enthusiasm remained undampened, and it was the second last circuit won by Jinja Hippos rugby club. The participation of dignitaries from the Busoga Kingdom further added prestige to the event.
This year, the organizing committee is determined to elevate the Kyabazinga 7s event even higher. A dynamic team has been assembled to ensure meticulous planning and execution. Reflecting on lessons learned from the previous year, the committee is actively seeking additional partners to alleviate financial challenges that can arise while hosting such an event.
With the support of the Gabula Royal Foundation and the Busoga Kingdom, the stage is set for an event that promises both on-field excitement and off-field engagement. Unlike the previous year, the 2023 Kyabazinga 7s event promises even more.
The field is primed, and thanks to the generosity of Nile Special, the main sponsor, live performances will provide an extra layer of entertainment. The presence of the Kyabazinga himself, along with other kingdom ministers, is anticipated to infuse an added sense of grandeur and significance to the event.
The Kyabazinga 7s event extends beyond just the games. A legacy program, set to take place on Friday before the event, will involve local children showcasing their rugby skills. This initiative not only brings sport closer to the community but also nurtures potential talent from a young age, embodying the spirit of inclusivity and growth.
Walukuba Barbarians, a central figure in the Kyabazinga 7s event and a rugby club, have played their part in bringing this spectacle to life. Their dedication to preparations and partnerships, such as those with the Gabula Royal Foundation, Muluse Technical, and Jinja City, underscores their commitment to the sport and the community.
Imaka Isaac, CEO of the Gabula Royal Foundation, emphasizes the foundation’s commitment to sports initiatives, particularly rugby. The foundation’s involvement goes beyond supporting the event; it aims to provide opportunities for the region and young athletes to shine on a bigger stage and kickstart their professional careers.