Uganda take on Namibia in a Rugby Afrique Tier 1A match at Kyadondo rugby club

AFRICA CUP

SATURDAY AT KYADONDO: Uganda vs. Namibia (4pm)

Uganda’s Rugby Cranes will on Saturday host Namibia at Kyadondo RFC in the Africa Rugby 1A Championship.

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The last time the two faced off in Kampala nine years ago, on June 27 2007, Uganda shocked Namibia 20-19 in a Rugby Afrique Tier 1A match back in 2007 and the Cranes carry the underdogs’ tag but their collective effort and determination can help them pull off a surprise and win the tier.

Rugby Cranes’ captain Brian Odongo and his assistant Michael Wokorach faced a race against time to prove their fitness and both made it to the final short list.

Odongo picked up a knock on his knee while Wokorach suffered a slipped disc in the spine against Free State Cheetahs during the rugby Cranes’ 10-day training camp in South Africa a two weeks ago.

The Rugby Cranes also face Zimbabwe in Harare on July 16 and finish the campaign against Kenya in Nairobi on July 30 in a game that will also double as the Elgon Cup return leg.

Zimbabwe will take on Kenya in the other Rugby Afrique Tier 1A match. The tournament shall be played off a round-robin format with the wooden spoon holders being relegated to Tier 1B.

RUGBY CRANES SQUAD TO FACE NAMIBIA 
Asuman Mugerwa, Cyrus Wathum, Brian Odongo (captain), Charles Uhuru, Byron Oketayot, Ronald Musajja, Pius Ogena, Marvin Odongo, Davis Kiwalyabye, Chris Lubanga, Lawrence Ssebuliba, Gerald Sewankambo, Michael Wokorach, James Odong, Phillip Wokorach, Eric Kasiita, Collins Kimbowa, Saul Kivumbi, John Wandicho, Bryan Asaba, Kevin Makmot, Oscar Kalyango, Joseph Aredo