Over the years, Ugandan rugby players have had to play long seasons with injuries deemed more serious than they think by the doctors.
For some, it is down to negligence while others can’t afford the cost of going through the procedure of MRI scans and later on treatment.
That will no longer be the case for Makerere based Rams Rugby Football Club after the side landed a sponsorship package to cater for all the players’ MRI scans and imaging for the coming season.
The deal will also come with a UGX 3.6 Million in cash and will be renewable after the one year.
“It is hugely rewarding to work in partnership with a team which also has a mind for community involvement and growing and nurturing sports talent,” Kampala MRI chief operating officer Francis Agoro told the press at the hospital premises in Mengo.
“It is a small incentive for the team to move to greater heights,” Agoro added.
For a team like Rams, not known for cracking big sponsorship deals in Ugandan rugby, any kind of support will help.
Team captain Emanuel Kibirige revealed that the sponsorship is a huge motivation to the players.
“This is huge for us and we appreciate the support from Kampala MRI. We pledge our commitment to the game and hopefully this will inspire good results on the pitch,” Kibirige said.
Rams is made up of predominantly medical practitioners and a few players from Makerere university, areas of Mulago, Kawempe and other parts of Kampala.
Currently, Rams sit fourth on the log of the National Rugby 7s series.
They have so far won the Uganda Cup shield title on three occasions (2015, 2016 and 2017).