Uganda Rugby Cranes coach Peter Magona has made up his mind to step down as coach of the national rugby team.

According to the Daily Monitor, the former rugby cranes captain who was appointed coach in April, 2013 revealed to a highly placed source that he had no intentions of renewing his two year contract.

Magona informed the Uganda Rugby Union about his decision to step down, thanking the Union’s Technical and Executive Committees for the faith they put in him to coach the Rugby Cranes, but the results had been below expectations.

The 35-year-old took charge of the team from Yayiro Kasasa last year, and in his era at the helm, Cranes unfortunately suffered demotion from tier 1A to 1C, also succumbing to the biggest ever defeat margin (34-0) in the Elgon Cup since 2004, despite winning the first leg at Kyadondo 21-14.

Magona who played club sides Nile, Rhino, Impis and Heathens before leading Heathens to a legendary all-domestic-trophie­s triumph in 2009, reportedly urged the Union to appoint a professional head coach or director of rugby along with embarking on an elite programme.

He expressed gratitude at the support fans have unconditionally given to the national team, also commending his assistants, Fred Mudoola, Herbert Wafula, the back room staff and players.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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