Uganda Rugby Cranes Sevens team has progressed to the quarter-finals of the Confederation of African Rugby 7’s tournament in the Kenyan city of Mombasa.

The feat follows two remarkable victories in the group stages, the first coming in the opening game against west African opposition where the Ugandan youngsters humbled Nigeria 10-5 at the Sports Club in Mombasa.

The youthful Cranes side, captained by Alfred Bijik succumbed to overwhelming favourites, Madagascar by 24-00 before bouncing back with an emphatic 12-5 win over another Western Africa side, Senegal.

The quarter-final winners will progress to the semis while the losers drop  to the plate category.

The squad to Mombasa:

Alfred Bijik, Philip Paariyo, Charles Uhuru Odong’, Gabriel Aredo, James Ijongat, Jasper Ochan, Ezekiel Okuo, Ramadhan Gaule, Charles Chandia, Emma Echodu, Chan Onen, Keith Sseruyange,

Tolbert Onyango (Head Coach), Godwin Kayangwe (Team Manager)

Selected Group Stage Results

Uganda 10 Nigeria 5

Uganda 0 Madagascar 21

Senegal 5 Uganda 12

Madagascar 24 Senegal 0

Morocco 42 Ivory Coast 0

Kenya C 10 Zimbabwe 14

Kenya B 21 Tunisia 7

Morocco 5 Zimbabwe 26

Namibia 7 Zambia 17

Kenya B 38 Zambia 0

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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