Name: Ebonga Maxwell
Weight: 78 Kgs
Height: 5’8 ft
Club: Jinja Hippos rugby club
Leaders roles: Senior player in the team
National engagements: 2018 national 7’s academy, 2019 Uganda Rugby Cranes team versus French army, 2019 Uganda team versus Kenya : Elgon Cup.
Maxwell Ebonga is proof that there is talent spread across the entire country. Being part of a revolutionary Hippos team has given him identity and elevated him to greater heights as an athlete and as a man growing into his own.
Maxwell was a soccer player who stayed around Dam waters which is the name of the pitch that is iconic for rugby in Jinja. Rugby has greatly impacted the young man’s life in more ways than one – he wasn’t in school for quite a while before he joined rugby which gave him a chance to go back to school where he is actively participating up to now.
Maxwell began his journey in the game by joining the tag rugby program in 2009 from where he picked interest and was raised through the youth rugby development project of Nile Rugby club before he came of age and started featuring for the Jinja Hippos in the premiership from the age of 18 til today.
His dream is to continue playing for the Jinja Hippos and see the team reach a better position in the league and also to feature for his country as well as a top super rugby club in the world.
Life outside rugby
“Currently, i am still a student in a vocational school doing Plumbing but also work as the Hippos Grounds manager”
Favorite rugby moment
“2017 – Hippos promotion to the Rugby premiership”
Worst rugby moment
“Losing to Walukuba rugby club earlier this year in the league” – Walukuba and the Hippos share a healthy rivalry especially since both teams are from eastern Uganda.
Favorite rugby players
Local: Okia Solomon
International: Mapimpi (South Africa)
Future rugby aspiration
“To play for Uganda in the world sevens series; to push Hippos to the top of Ugandan rugby, feature for the Rugby Cranes more often and play for a super rugby side”
Message to upcoming players
“My message to upcoming rugby players is that they should set a target and work really hard for that target, and also to always have discipline”
Message to the fans
“My message to the fans especially our Jinja fans is to keep supporting rugby as a game. They should know that i love them so much and appreciate every time they show up to cheer us on.”