Triumphant Rugby Cranes to Meet Museveni

Rugby Cranes celebrate victory.

The Uganda rugby cranes team returned home on Monday after winning the Africa Rugby 7s cup over the weekend in Kenya.

A team comprising of eleven players touched down at Entebbe international airport at 12:45pm aboard Kenyan airways before they proceeded to Kyadondo rugby grounds where they were received by National Council of Sports (NCS) secretary general Nicholas Muramagi.

Eric Kasiito (left) and Phillip Wokorach (with the flag) after arriving at Entebbe airport

Eric Kasiito (left) and Phillip Wokorach (with the flag) after arriving at Entebbe airport

Muramagi on behalf of the government thanked the team for lifting the Uganda flag so high and returning home with the trophy.

“I want to thank the Uganda Rugby Union and the players in particular for a great job done. As NCS and government we are so grateful about the success. We appreciate your efforts and commitment you showed to lift the title, check ” Muramagi said.

“We shall organise a luncheon as NCS to appreciate the team and make sure the team meets the President of the republic of Uganda so that you are recognised in a special way, click ” he added.

Eric Kasiita who was the captain of the team attached the success of the team to determination and togetherness.

“It was tough but we remained determined and we had the belief to carry on. The spirit in the boys was massive and we worked as a team until the final battle, ” said Kasiita.

The team manager, Michael Wandera  who was also the leader of delegation applauded the team for the determination.

“They had a slogan “It’s mental” which they used throughout the two days. The average age of this team is 21 years and was the youngest team at the tournament but because of determination, they were able to come out victorious,” Wandera explained.

Uganda lifted the Africa rugby 7s cup after defeating Namibia 38-19 in the finals on Saturday at Safaricom stadium, Kasarani in Kenya.

Enroute to the finals Uganda overcame Zimbabwe 19-17 and Mauritius 31-05 to top Pool C before dumping out hosts and defending champions Kenya 17-12.

The victory means Uganda earns a slot at next year’s HSBC world series in Hong Kong in April but  also have landed invites  play at the Dubai 7s in December this year and Cape town sevens in South Africa early next year(in January).

Rugby cranes team
Eric Kasiita,Ramathan Govle,Lawrence Ssebuliba,Etwa Denis, Kevin Keremundu,Alhaj Manaano,Kasito Adrian,James Odong,Anguzu Robert,Okia Solomon, Phillip Wokorach

Coach: Tolbert Onyango
Physiotherapist: Robert Lujoba
Team manager: Wandera Michael


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