With the Cranes back in Gold Cup action this weekend against Tunisia, the coaching staff led by Coach John Duncan have named the team to play with a surprise omission.
Robert Masendi has been added into the fray, at the expense of Ivan Magomu who has been suspended for this weekend’s game with Coach John Duncan citing indiscipline. Coach Duncan iterated that the team had been cautioned against participating in the Coronation 7s last weekend in order to be fully rested for this week’s Gold Cup game but
“Robert’s been training with the team before and we believe in him. He is a good kicker and we back him. He is a good all-rounded player. It is unfortunate that Ivan is out but at the end of the day, we want to actually rotate our players and give chances to others and build depth,” said Coach Duncan in an exclusive interview to Akatimba Sports.
Marvin Odong is also out owing to an injury sustained against Kenya, alongside Ronald Musajja who plays for Kenya Harlequins. They have been replaced by Byron Oketayot and Eliphaz Emong. Eliphaz has seen a positional switch from second row to 8th man, while Byron Oketayot who didn’t even make the journey to Kenya in Uganda’s last Gold Cup outing makes the last position in the back row.
Adrian Kasiito who sustained a knock while on internations 7s duty is out of selection this weekend, and this has given Ian Munyani another outing with the Cranes. Gerald “Kasooto” Ssewankambo has also made way for the return of Solomon Okia into 15s rugby. Solomon last featured for the 15s last year but the coaching tem is citing rotation of players with the heavy schedule of three home games in 14 days lined up.
Rugby Cranes XV:
Forwards : Martial Tchumkam, Paul Ssekate, Asuman Muigerwa (C), Charles Uhuru, Robert Aziku, Byron Oketayot, Brian Asaba, Eliphaz Emong
Backs: Aaron Ofoiwroth, Robert Masendi, James Odong, Pius Ogena, Michael Wokorach, Justin Kimono (VC), Phillip Wokorach
Reserves : Tamale Joseph, Santos Ssenteza, Kimbowa Collins, Simon Olet, Mukama Arthur, Conrad Wanyama, Ian Munyani, Solomon Okia.