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Elgon Cup: Pride, Revenge at Stake as Uganda Takes on Kenya

Rugby cranes will be seeking vengeance against Kenya Simbas

2017 Elgon Cup
Uganda vs Kenya
Legends Rugby club 4pm

Encounters between Uganda and Kenya go beyond just being mere games. Be it cricket, discount football, approved rugby name it, site there is usually much to fight for.

And it will not be any different this Saturday as the Uganda rugby cranes take on eternal rivals and neighbours Kenya at Legends Rugby club, Lugogo in the first leg of the 2017 Elgon Cup.

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Uganda comes into this clash seeking for vengeance against the Kenyan Simbas that have been too dominant in the annual contest.

Last year, Uganda was terribly humbled at home with a 48-10 loss to Kenya in their own backyard and this is still fresh into several rugby enthusiasts mind.

Assistant coach, Joseph Sseguya believes they have the opportunity and ability to go past their arch rivals in the Saturday’s clash.

“They have been dominant in the past years but that does not mean we are weak. We have assembled a great team and this will be a chance for us to stop them,” said Seguya.

There is a boost for Uganda with the timely return of Justin Kimono who has been on the sidelines with injuries for the last two years.

Kimono is best remembered for his try against Kenya that made him write his name on the big stage.

However, several players have been sidelined for this duel. Former Rugby Cranes captain Mathias Ochwo, Ronald Musajjagulanyago, 2015 half back pairing of Kevin Makmot and Chris Lubanga, Ramathan Govule, James Injongat, Arthur Mpande, Gerald Ssewankambo, John Wandicho and Eric Kasiita all are not part of the team.

The two teams will meet again on 24th June in Nairobi with the tie serving as African Gold Cup game.

Probable line up

Asuman Mugerwa, Alex Mubiru, Brian Odong, Charles Uhuru, Robert Aziku, Brian Asaba, Scot Oluoch, Marvin Odong, Ivan Kirabo, Ivan Magomu, James Odong, Pius Ogena, Michael Wokorach, Lawrence Ssebuliba, Philip Wokorach.

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