Rugby Cranes team to face Kenya named

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Rugby Cranes line-up for the anthems before kick-off

With only three days until Uganda’s first match of this year’s Africa Gold Cup, coaches have named the team that will face the Kenya Simbas this weekend.

Only one change will be made to the starting team with veteran Mathias Ochwo replacing Robert Aziku at number 4.

The rest of the starting team will remain intact as Uganda seek to win their first game of the competition.

Ivan Kirabo and Ivan Magomu retain their starting places at the half back position while Pius Ogena and Michael Wokorach will give their new center pairing another try in Nairobi.

Cox Muhigwa, Gerald Ssewakambo, Kevin Makmot, Santos Senteza, Joseph Tamale and Ronald Musajja are the other faces to break into the team having missed the first leg of the Elgon Cup in Kampala.

There are no slots for Aziku and Aaron Ofoyrwoth, who both made their national team debuts against Kenya as well as Eric Mula.

After playing Kenya, the team will connect to Dakar, Senegal for their second game of the competition which is scheduled for July 1.

Only 23 players will travel to Dakar and the rest will return to Uganda after the Kenya clash.

Team to Kenya:

1. Asuman Mugerwa 2. Alex Mubiru 3. Brian Odongo 4. Mathias Ochwo 5. Charles Uhuru 6. Brian Asaba 7. Scott Olouch 8. Marvin Odong 9. Ivan Kirabo 10. Ivan Magomu. 11 James Odong 12. Pius Ogena 13. Michael Okorach 14. Lawrence Sebuliba 15. Phillip Wokorach 16. Cyrus Wathum 17. Collins Kimbowa 18. Adnan Mutebi 19. Cox Muhigwa 20. Musa Mwonge 21. Gerald Ssewakambo 22. Justin Kimono 23. Makmot Kevin 24. Santos Senteza 25. Tamale Joseph 26. Byron Oketayot 27. Ronald Musajja