Africa Gold Cup
Kenya vs. Uganda -3pm, Nairobi
Uganda Rugby Cranes will be looking to stop a poor run of form when they face the Kenya Simbas at RFUEA grounds in Nairobi Saturday afternoon.
Having lost their last four matches, a fifth in a row will leave more questions than answers for a team with dreams of making the world cup.
Two losses to the Soth African Barbarians in trial matches were followed by a 34-26 loss to Kenya in the first leg of the Elgon Cup and a 55-6 thumping by Namibia in the first game of the Africa Gold Cup in Windhoek.
Head coach John Duncan is confident his charges have what it takes to pick a good result and stay in the chase for a sole ticket to next year’s world cup in Japan.
“We know it’s always tough here (Nairobi) but we have had enough preparation to take on the challenge,” Duncan told the press after the team’s captain’s run at the game venue Friday morning.
The Cranes have had a three week break since playing in Windhoek and welcome some of the faces that missed the first leg.
Philip Wokorach, Michael Wokorach, Ivan Magomu, Martial Tchumkam, Ronald Musajjagulanyago and Marvin Odong all return to the team.
Center Gerald Ssewankambo is also back after a long spell out of the team.
The two Wokorachs, Odong and Musajjagulanyago are all thrown into the starting team.
Team captain Asuman Mugerwa, Paul Sekatte and Saul Kivumbi will retain their slots at front row while Charles Uhuru and Eliphaz Emomg will marshall the second row.
Marvin Odong returns to the Cranes backrow while Philip Wokorach takes the number 15 jersey ahead of Adrian Kasiito.
A much weakened Cranes side was torn to pieces against Namibia in Windhoek and a result will be important across the boarder if there is to be any dream about the world cup.
The Simbas have won their opening two games of the campaign and will be searching for a third straight victory before travelling to clash with table leaders Namibia.
The match will also be Uganda’s last on the road with all the last three games set to be played on home soil.
15. Philip Wokorach, 14. Justin Kimono, 13. Michael Wokorach, 12. Pius Ogena, 11. James Odong, 10. Ivan Magomu, 9. Aaron Ofoyrwoth, 1. Saul Kivumbi, 2. Paul Sekate, 3. Asuman Mugerwa (Captain), 4. Charles Uhuru, 5. Eliphaz Emong, 6. Ronald Musajjagulanyago, 7. Brian Asaba, 8. Marvin Odongo
REPLACEMENTS 16. Joseph Tamale, 17. Martial Tchumkam, 18. Collin Kimbowa, 19. Robert Aziku, 20. Simon Olet, 21. Conrad Wanyama,22. Gerald Sewankambo, 23. Adrian Kasito