State Minister for Sports Hamson Dennis Obua has Friday morning at Kyadondo Rugby grounds flagged off the Rugby Sevens squad that will take part in the 2020 World Rugby Sevens Challengers Series.
The two legs of the inaugural World Rugby Sevens Challengers Series will be played in South America in Vina del Mar, Chile 15-16 February and Montevideo, Uruguay 22-23rd February.
The Uganda Rugby Sevens team qualified for these after coming second in Africa Rugby Sevens last year.
Speaking on behalf of the players, Uganda Rugby Sevens captain Michael Okorach said, “I would like to congratulate the selected team because their hard work has paid off.
There is a full blend of talent and skills in the team named for the upcoming tournament, some have been on the scene before and the new ones have also got some good exposure. I’m so sure we are going to show how much talent we have in Uganda.”
Uganda was drawn in Pool C alongside Germany, Italy, and Paraguay. The group named today will have a chance to compete for the HDBC Sevens in Hong Kong.
Minister Hamson Obua, who flagged off the Rugby Sevens team, lauded the Rugby Union for the efforts made in sustaining the Union work and pledged to continue lobbing more support for Uganda Rugby Union.
“Go there to participate but in the process you will be competing for Uganda. Make sure you exercise this God given talent. We are lobbing some funds and advocating for more resources and will definitely consider the mega resource the Union earns from 250M to some huge amount,” said Obua.
“Don’t be tired, continue mounting more pressure to us and we shall better our conditions and terms and I wish team Uganda all the best in your competition and Uganda will glorify your success,” he added.
Minister Obua was flanked by the National Council of Sports General secretary Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel, NCS assistant General secretary David Katende and the Uganda Rugby Union president Godwin Kayangwe.
Kayangwe on behalf of the Uganda Rugby Union remarked that, “We totally need the support from the government. I appreciate the support from the National Council of Sports and we hope to finish among the top eight and qualify to Hong Kong for the HBSC.”
The Uganda Rugby Sevens 12 man squad which has been dominated by Betway Kobs players will be coached by Tolbert Onyango.
Full traveling squad
Pius Ogena (Betway Kobs), Desire Ayera (Stanbic Black Pirates), Ian Munyani (Betway Kobs), Levi’s Ocen (Daystar Falcons), Solomon Okia, Isaac Massa (Stanbic Black Pirates), Adrian Kasiito (Betway Kobs), Aaron Ofoyrwoth (Hima Cement Heathens), William Nkore (Stanbic Black Pirates), Norbert Okeny (Betway Kobs), Philip Wokorach (Bourges XV), Michael Okorach (Hima Cement Heathens)