Uganda Rugby sevens team lauds coach Tolbert Onyango

The Uganda Rugby Cranes sevens team has lauded coach Tolbert Onyango after he guided them to their second consecutive Africa title also qualifying for the World Cup.

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Michael Wokorach in Uganda’s Africa 7s match against Morocco at Legends Sports Grounds, Kampala

The hosts required a late gasp try from hero Adrian Kasiito to clinch the honours in the final at Legends Sports Grounds, edging Zimbabwe 10-7.

Onyango masterminded the spectacular display that saw Uganda close out unbeaten, and the players couldn’t describe him any better.

“He is like a father to all of us,” Michael Wokorach told Daily Monitor.

“There are times he chipped in with his own money when things were not going well in camp,” he added.

Captain Eric Kasiita called him a tactician who gels the team: “He creates a mutual understanding which creates a family-like kind of environment. It makes the side feel like one big family.”

Try scorer for the World Cup qualifying try Kasiito explained how he squeezes the best out of everyone.

He knows how to get the best out of everyone. My game has massively improved since I started working under him last year.

Onyango – who has delivered for Uganda since 2013 just before the Glasgow Commonwealth Games – will continue with side as they prepare for the Dubai 7s in November, Hong Kong series, World Cup and the Gold Coast Commonwealth games next year.