Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Kisumu will be alive next weekend when it hosts East Africa’s rugby masterpiece, the Elgon Cup, June 22nd, 2019 at the Kisumu ASK showground. This is a competition that pits the top two East African rugby nations, Kenya and Uganda, national 15s (men’s and women’s) teams against each other in an epic battle of regional supremacy/bragging rights. It was founded in 2014 and it’s been growing in glitz and grit with every edition. It’s been aptly named Elgon Cup, since because Mount Elgon straddles both countries – Kenya and Uganda. The competition is played on a home and away two-leg format with the winner being declared after aggregate scores of both legs. Kenya has won the last 3 editions (2016, 2017 and 2018). This will be the first time in the competition’s 15 year history that the Kenyan leg will be played outside Nairobi. Traditionally it’s always been held at the RFUEA grounds and only once has it been staged outside that hallowed venue when it was hosted at Kasarani in 2013. The idea of hosting outside the capital city was mooted by KRU as a way of devolving high octane international tourneys to all parts of the country in a bid to grow and spread the game to the grassroots. Kisumu has one of the best football/sporting crowds and is also a golden talent pool for clubs and the national team, something that easily made the lakeside city’s bid to stage this year’s edition triumph. The women’s teams will take to the field at 2 pm then the men’s at 2 pm. Gates open from 10 am. Tickets go for KShs 400 regular for advance and KShs 500 at the gate. VIP tickets go for KShs 1,500. With the Kisumu’s proximity to Uganda and the Ugandans love for rugby trips and the Kenyan rugby crowd’s legendary vibrance and style, you can be sure it will be a proper festival atmosphere at the grounds. Kisumu is ready to once again bring its energetic and playful side, no one never dares miss that, will you?