Africa Gold Cup
Namibia vs. Uganda -4.30pm (Kwese Sport)
Uganda Rugby Cranes will start their 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup campaign in a tricky away tie with reigning champions Namibia in Windhoek.
Despite the many changes made to the side ahead of the international season, assistant coach Robert Sseguya remains confident the side can ably compete and challenge for the title which comes along with qualification to next year’s world cup in Japan.
“We have a young team and we have tried to prepare everyone for the big stage,” Seguya said before the team left for South Africa from where they connected to Namibia.
Namibia have bossed continental rugby in the last decade and will be favourites for this year’s cup.
The Uganda Rugby Cranes fell to their hosts 24-48 in Kampala last year despite Philip Wokorach, Eric Mula and Asuman Mugerwa crossing the white chalk then.
Asuman Mugerwa has since been elevated to the team’s captaincy in the absence of Brian Odongo and he believes the Elgon Cup loss to Kenya gave the team a chance to rectify a few errors they had committed.
“This is a young team and the boys have been working on rectifying the mistakes made in the Elgon Cup,” Mugerwa revealed.
Namibia coach Phil Davies expects a tougher challenge from Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe this year as they all look to take the lone slot to the World Cup.
“We have a strong team with the right mindset and attitude but we expect a tougher challenge this year,” he said ahead of the season’s first weekend action.
After Namibia, the Cranes will play their second and last game on the road against arch-rivals Kenya on July 7 and this will double as the second leg of the Elgon Cup.
The 2007 champions will then host three games in Kampala against Tunisia, Morocco and Zimbabwe in August.
Philip Wokorach, Michael Wokorach, Marvin Odongo, Brian Odongo, Ivan Magomu and Ivan Kirabo are all missing in action for different reasons.
Elgon Cup chockers Simon Olet, Edgar Pajob and Nathan Bwambale are also out of the team.
Arthur Mukama, Charles Uhuru, James Ijongat, Lawrence Sebuliba, Collin Kimbowa, Joseph Tamale and Conrad Wanyama are in the team after missing out on the clash against Kenya.
The Cranes will feature various new combinations from the front row to the back three and the new look combinations will be given a huge test in Windhoek.
All the Rugby Africa Gold Cup matches will be televised live on Kwese Sports, Kwese iFlix and Kwese Facebook Live.
Rugby Cranes Line up
1. Asuman Mugerwa
2. Paul Sekatte
3. Saul Kivumbi
4. Charles Uhuru
5. Eliphaz Emong
6. Byron Oketayot
7. Brian Asaba
8. Arthur Mukama
9. Aaron Ofoyrwoth
10. James Ijogat
11. James Odong
12. Pius Ogena
13. Ian Munyani
14. Justin Kimono
15. Adrian Kasito
16. Joseph Tamale
17. Collins Kibowa
18. Adnan Mutebi
19. Robert Aziku
20. Musa Muwonge
21. Conrad Wanyama
22. Eric Mula
23. Lawrence Sebuliba
Africa Gold Cup