Name : Ocen Levis
Weight : 86 kgs
Club : Toyota Buffaloes
Previous club : Stallions
Positions : Wing, Back row
A cog in what is a very stubborn Buffaloes team that keeps defying odds season after season, Levis Ocen has been a great servant of the club with one of his fondest memories being his winning try against the treble winning Pirates in the Kitaka sevens circuit at the Legends rugby grounds. Handing the Sea Robbers their first loss in a long while.
Levis’ love for the game began at the tender age of five – he came across the sport while in his primary school days in Lira, Northern Uganda. “ I was inspired by my big brother, Ogwok Joshua who was at St. Mary’s college Kisubi.”
As fortune would have it, Levis’ mother got a work transfer to Kampala which enabled him join the Kyadondo stallions where he began to learn the ins and outs of rugby. Luck seemed to follow him in abundance as he was spotted by Robert Sseguya a.k.a Soggy. Levis was able to land a scholarship to rugby’s new hot boys; Hana Mixed school of Uganda. This was Levis’ first big step to playing the game competitively in the country.
Life outside rugby
“ I love chilling with friends and hanging out……:”
Favorite Rugby moment
“ joining the Uganda Sevens this year (2018), played at the Christie 7s which was a very good experience for me”
“ Beating Pirates in the kitaka 7’s…..” – where many had written them off in the final against the on form Sea Robbers.
Worst Rugby moment
“When my shoulder popped in the high school finals against kakamega in 2015 yet I had to play the whole game.”
Future Rugby Aspirations
“I want to go back and see how rugby in the North can be developed because that is where my roots are”
Role Model in the sport
“ Wokorach Michael is my role model in the sport…”
Role Model generally in Life
“ In general life, my big brother called Ogwok Joshua who introduced me to rugby”
Inspiration to those coming up
Rugby is more than something that can be taken for granted and Levis is testament to how sport can change your life.
Because of rugby, Levis was admitted at Hana Mixed school, Laiser hill school in Nairobi and is currently pursuing higher education at USIU in Nairobi.
Levis has been blessed to study on scholarship throughout, “I stopped paying fees in primary, I thank God because I lost my father when I was 3 years old”