Seasoned wingers James Odongo and Lawrence Ssebuliba will make their return to international 7s rugby as they make the Uganda Cranes 7s squad named to take part in Africa 7s.
The two complement a relatively stronger squad for Uganda, set to compete in what will double as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier, with the winner gaining direct entry in the competition, while the first runner-up will have to go through the repechage to determine their fate. The tournament is set to take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November in Johannesburg, South Africa.
14 teams are set to take part in a revised and new look Africa 7s tournament arrangement set to happen in Johannesburg. And as per current ranking: 1) Zimbabwe – 2) Kenya – 3) Uganda – 4) Madagascar –5) Zambia – 6) Tunisia – 7) Senegal – 8) Morocco – 9) Namibia – 10) Ghana – 11) Botswana –12) Mauritius – 13) Côte d’Ivoire – 14) Nigeria.
James Odongo makes his full competitive return after being sidelined since August 2018 when he got an injury in the Gold Cup against Morocco in Kampala. He has been training with the team since September this year. Similarly, Lawrence Ssebuliba has also been out of action owing to an injury sustained while on Gold Cup duty in 2018, being brought off in June away in Namibia. Lawrence had a cameo return in the recently concluded National 7s competition.
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James Odongo and Lawrence Ssebuliba return as direct replacements for Solomon Okia (injured) and Timothy Odongo, all from the Safari 7s outfit, with Levis Ocen, Philip Wokorach and Isaac Massa also making their way into the team for William Nkore, Desire Ayera and Norbert Okeny.
Michael Wokorach captains the squad, assisted by Joseph Aredo and the squad features the experienced and Roke 7s MVP Pius Ogena, 2017 Africa 7s winning try scorer Adrian Kasito.
Cranes Squad to Johannesburg:
1. Michael Wokorach (C) 2. Adrian Kasito 3. Aredo Joseph 4. Ian Munyani 5. Pius Ogena 6. Levis Ocen 7. James Odongo 8. Lawrence Ssebuliba 9. Isaac Massa 10. Aaron Ofoywroth 11. Kevin Keremundu 12. Philip Wokorach