National team receives boost ahead of Safari 7s

patient geneva;”>The hotel’s USD5000 commitment to the national team was handed over by the General Manager Chris Pollard who, advice whilst affirming Sheraton’s long term support towards the game, this web challenged the team to end the jinx of never having won the tournament since its inception in 1996.

“I know this tournament has proved a step too high on numerous occasions but this year, with the 50th independence celebrations in gear, you too need to give us another reason to be happy. If the entire nation is celebrating, why not Uganda rugby! But first you must bring the trophy home,”

This is the second time running that Sheraton Sponsors the teams to the Safari Sevens to Kenya’s capital.

“On our part we are committed to always support the game of rugby as indeed this years has showed. We have supported tag rugby and also rendered a hand during perhaps the biggest rugby weekend in Uganda when the England Counties visited us to take on the Elgon Warriors. So today is neither the beginning nor the end of our involvement in the sport,” Mr. Pollard said.


In regard to the challenge ahead, the national coach Herbert Wafula kept his expectations well concealed. “I need to first look at the fixtures to aptly gauge our chances. Otherwise as a team we’ve done everything in our means to ensure that we get the best result as per the time and team we have at our exposal,” he said.

Uganda’s best showing at the Safari 7s has been winning the plate in both 1998 and 2006. Last year the team fell at the quarter-final stage of the main cup and exited without silverware.

But perhaps the fact that Uganda will be fielding two teams this time round grants the nation a sizeable slice of opportunity to win its maiden title. Both teams are scheduled to leave for the tournament today evening by road.

Other teams that have confirmed participation include, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa Sevens Academy (Emerging Boks), Shujaa, Grenoble, British Army, Samurai and hosts who will be represented by two sides, Kenya and Shujaa.

Samoa is the defending champion having defeated Samurai 31-12 in last year’s final.

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