The battle for Migingo is the Rugby equivalent of the Elgon Cup. This rivalry is more fierce between the ladies teams but there is a lot of tension even when the men meet.
If it’s down to series, Uganda has only been lucky with the ladies but most recently lost to Kenya in Dubai. The men have always come off second best to the Kenyans mostly down to the fact that Kenya is ranked higher than Uganda.
Form never counts in derbies but Kenya is the most confident going into these series, coming off a successful tour in Nepal and the Kenyans have named a strong technical bench and team meaning they are here for business.
Uganda is looking to use the series as a rehearsal for the Division 3 World Cricket League due in May therefore there will be lots of expectations on players to show how much they have learnt from Steve Tikolo.
In the 18 man squad chosen by Tikolo, David Wabwire is making his debut at the senior level while the rest of the squad having already earned their national team caps.
Batting which has been the Achilles heal of team Uganda for so long will be in the spotlight against a quality attack the Simbas have lined up.
Arthur Kyobe, Hum Kayondo, Zephaniah Katungi, Shazad Kamal, Arnold Otwani, Brian Masaba will be tasked with making sure Uganda post good totals.
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The spin quartet of Captain Davis Karashani, Henry Ssenyondo, Frank Nsubuga and Afridi Ahmed should enjoy the slow and low bounce of Ugandan wickets leaving little work for the pacers Waiswa Charles, Issanez Emma, Deus Muhumuza, Kenneth Waiswa and the fast David Wabwire.
Its hard to guess who will be making the first XI but we are certain big hitting Roger Mukasa and his brother Lawrence Ssematimba the only recognized keeper in the squad will make the team.
Ahead of he series, Uganda’s Vice Captain Brian Masaba said;
The Kenya games are ideal practice going into WCL. Playing a full strength Kenya side in home conditions is exactly what we needed. Several team combinations that the coach wants to have a look at. Game time is crucial leading into a tournament so we are very happy.
Full List of Team Uganda
- Arthur Kyobe
- Hamu Kayondo
- Arnold Otwani
- Roger Mukasa
- Ukani Shahzad Kamal
- Lawrence Sematimba
- Davis Karashani
- Brian Masaba
- Deus Muhumuza
- Frank Nsubuga
- Jonathan Ssebanja
- Charles Waiswa
- Henry Ssenyondo
- Irfan Sahibzada
- Emmanuel Isaneez
- Derrick Bakunzi
- Kenneth Waiswa
- David Wabwire