Uganda – France Week Celebrations:

  • 17th – 24th March 2018
  • Kampala

Rugby Gala: 24th March 2018 (At Kyadondo)

Philip Wokorach against a Moroccoan opponent at Legends Rugby Grounds in Kampala © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

As part of the 2018 Uganda – France week celebrations, the French Embassy in Uganda has confirmed rugby as the sporting event to spice up the fete.

The French Embassy Public Relations Officer (PRO) Alfred Onek confirmed the development to Kawowo Sports.

The French Embassy in association with the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) will hold a 7’s rugby tournament at Kyadondo Rugby ground in Kampala on the 24th March 2018.

This will be one of the many activities lined up to celebrate the second edition of the Uganda-France week.

This tournament will have the Rugby Sevens Cranes, franchise sides from Kyadondo and Legends, a sevens academy team and a select side from Eastern Uganda all taking part with a Shs2m prize at stake.

The Uganda Rugby 7’s team will use this as a preparatory tourney ahead of the Commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia.

For starters, Uganda is pooled in group D alongside heavyweights and Olympic gold medalists Fiji, Wales and Sri Lanker.

 

The games will be played over 3 days, from April 13-15 at Robina Stadium.

The top ranked teams after the group games will advance to the semifinals and play for medals.

Last year, a football match between a select side of the French military team took on the Uganda Cranes on March 25th 2017, with the later winning 3-1.

KCCA striker Geofrey Sserunkuma, the day’s captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi and second half substitute Martin Kiiza scored the goals for the home side.

Another second half substitute Mouslin Andhum had pulled a goal back on the hour mark for the visitors.

Emmanuel Okwi in action against the French Military Team last year at Namboole stadium. Uganda Cranes won 3-0 © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

French Ambassador, French Ambassador to Uganda, Stephanie Rivoal lauded the celebrations as tranquil and healthy.

Just like year, a music charity concert involving most Ugandan artists will perform at Kyadondo after the one-day tournament.

Proceeds from the 2017 Uganda-France week celebrations were channeled towards improvement of sports standards in the KCCA run schools as Police Children Primary School.

Last week, as assortment of equipment as football, volleyball and netball posts, volleyball net, balls for volleyball, netball, football, training bibs and a ball pump were officially handled over to authorities at Police Children Primary School led by the head teacher Flugencia Namata.

The France-Uganda friendship week is a seven-day long programme with activities involving music, culture, gastronomy, wildlife and sports.

All these are meant to further cement the cordinal relationship between the two countries.

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