Ivan Magomu has said all! From announcing that he would quit playing rugby at the end of the 2015 season to threatening to dump Uganda and represent Kenya
Even when he thought he should be on the national he didn’t disappoint as he told Kawowo Sports about his shock exclusion as the team prepared for the 2015 Africa Rugby Tier 1B tournament.
The fly half has spent the last few months nursing a knee injury but healed in time to make the team that defeated Zimbabwe 34-27 on Saturday in Harare as Uganda brightened their chances of staying in the Rugby Afrique Tier 1A.
Much as Magomu didn’t get a chance to play, the long awaited dream debut for arguably the best fly half in the league has finally come.
The former U19 player who replaces Chris ‘Opa’ Lubanga as Uganda faces Kenya on Saturday in the last group game of the competition said;
I feel proud being handed my debut against our noisy neighbors, I have to take it with both hands. There is no such thing like nerves, the coaches believe I am ready. I just need to make sure I don’t disappoint them and of course my teammates
The game against Kenya will also double as the return leg of the Elgon Cup. Uganda lost the first leg 48-10 in Kampala.
The Rugby Cranes captain Brian Odongo simply said, Magomu will bring the x-factor to the team especially in attack so did the former’s assistant Michael Wokorach
Magomu is much quicker on the ball and he creates chances too and thinks quickly
Magomu, Odongo, Wokorach and company have a daunting task of Winning in Nairobi.
The Rugby Cranes last beat Kenya in Nairobi three years ago in a 17-16 win which was their first win in Nairobi in six years.
Rugby Cranes Starting XV against Kenya: 1. Asuman Mugerwa, 2. Cyrus Watum, 3. Brian Odongo (captain), 4. Charles Uhuru, 5. Byron Oketayot, 6. Brian Asaba, 7. Pius Ogena, 8. Marvin Odongo, 9. Davis Kyewalabye, 10. Ivan Magomu, 11. Lawrence Ssebuliba, 12. Oscar Kalyango, 13. Michael Wokorach, 14. James Odongo, 15. Philip Wokorach
Replacements: 16: Eric Kasiita, 17. Elijah Kitooke, 18. Collin Kimbowa, 24. John Wandicho, 20. Arthur Mpande, 21. Robert Masendi, 22. Chris Lubanga, 23. Joseph Aredo