Donning a Rugby Cranes jersey to represent Uganda is an honor every player should embrace with open arms.

However, that is no longer the case with some senior players who have opted out of the national team squad as the outfit prepares for a hefty task of maintaining its tier 1A status.

Over ten players who took part in last year’s tier 1B tournament held here in Uganda, and now many are likely to miss due to injuries, work commitment among other reasons.

Sseguya is not moved though; “We thank those players for serving the nation and if they are not available, we shall not dwell on that,” he told Kawowo Sports after the team’s session at Kyadondo Rugby grounds Monday evening.

Scott Oluoch, Martial Chumkam, Mathias Ochwo, Alex Mubiru, James Ijiongat, Justin Kimono, Alfred Bijik, Lawrence Ssebuliba are some of the names missing from the team.

“We have young boys who are doing well and they deserve a chance to put on the jersey so we won’t cry over spilt milk,” the Heathens coach added.

Uganda will host Kenya this Saturday in the first leg of the Elgon cup before facing Namibia in July. The return leg of the Elgon cup will also count for the tier 1A campaign. Zimbabwe is the other side the Rugby Cranes will have to deal with to force stay in Africa’s elite category.

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