Elgon Cup first Leg:
Uganda Rugby Cranes vs. Kenya -4,30pm, Legends
A clash with the Kenya Simba’s has never been a cup of tea for the Uganda Rugby Cranes, now playing with a predominantly young side; the task is even harder for the Elgon cup defending champions.
The first leg of the now fully World rugby-recognised tie is upon all rugby fans in Uganda.
Team captain Brian Odong will lead a somewhat new-look side against the Kenyan Simba’s on Saturday with a mission of making the most of their home ground at Legends Rugby Club.
The stage is set for the likes of Philip Wockorach, Byron Oketa and Elijah Ssegawa to announce their arrival at the table of men and head coach Robert Sseguya will be more than pleased to go to Kenya for the return leg with the upper hand.
“We have the home support and the boys know this is a game of two legs, we must utilize the home advantage,” Sseguya told Kawowo Sports after the captain’s run Friday evening.
Even without some of the players who made the difference in this tie last year, Sseguya is optimistic the newcomers are ready for the big stage and are ready to take their moment and shine.
“As a coach I have done my part and it is now up to the players to die for the nation,” the Heathens tactician revealed.
Wockorach (Philip) will be the center of attraction as he is set to start at the full back position on his 15’s debut.
The flamboyant full back should have had his debut before but his unremitting injuries saw him ruled out of various encounters.
But, that time has come and he is ready for the big stage. He will definitely be the X-factor for the Rugby Cranes.
“I am ready for the debut and I want to play for my country, I know many people are waiting for me to play and I wouldn’t want to disappoint them,” he told Kawowo Sports ahead of the big clash.
With Oscar Kalyango returning to the stage he missed last year, Sseguya is likely to move his best number 13 option- Michael Wockorach to number 14.
Kabras Sugar’s Gerald Ssewankambo will retain his number 12 position while James Odong is slate to start at the number 11 position.
Chris Lubanga and Kevin Makmot are expected to remain unchanged with Robert Masendi and Davis Kyewalabye waiting from the bench.
Gulu Elephants’ Oketa is likely to get his full debut with Pius Ogena and Charles Uhuru also set to retain their numbers from the previous campaign.
Probable line up;
1. Asuman Mugerwa, 2. Cyrus Wathum, 3. Brian Odong, 4. Charles Uhuru, 5. Arthur Mpande, 6. Byron Oketa, 7. Pius Ogena, 8. Ronald Musajja, 9. Kevin Makmot, 10. Chris Lubanga, 11. James Odong, 12. Gerald Ssewankambo, 13. Oscar Kalyango, 14. Michael Wockorach, 15. Philip Wockorach.