Elgon Cup – Magona Under Fire to Deliver

Ahead of this Saturday’s Elgon Cup first leg encounter against Kenya, the Rugby Cranes cannot afford another setback after the recent relegation to Tier 1C, writes Felix Eupal.

Following the financial struggles that the Rugby Cranes and the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) have been facing of late a timely boast by Sheraton hotel came in more than handy. The hotel yesterday unveiled a Shs 50m sponsorship package that will cater for both the Rugby Cranes and Kenya national team accommodation a night before [Friday] and on the match day.

The accommodation, which is full board, will also enable the teams to access the gym facilities of the hotel and will also see the hotel host both the teams to a post-match dinner. The news came as a breather to the Union who were still working on accommodation for the Kenyan contingent.

Rugby Cranes head coach Peter Magona (Below) is confident and expects nothing less. “Despite what people think, the team is more prepared than they have been and all I can talk about is winning on Saturday,” he says.

The team has been in buoyant mood during the practice sessions at Kyadondo every evening. Magona has not had a good sheet as the Rugby Cranes coach winning one out of six but at the launch of the tournament last week he made it clear to many fans and enthusiasts who were asking for his head that, “No coach goes out there to lose even without me, there will be the Rugby Cranes and this is a young team that needs time”.

However as the Rugby fraternity awaits on Magona to do good on his word, The Observer has leant that the Kenya Rugby Union will not be sending their A team and earlier reports of second string side playing the tournament were true.

Kenya’s A team who took part in the world cup qualifiers in Madagascar recently and failed to qualifier after finishing third are not part of the list that the Kenya Rugby Union sent out of the team that will be arriving this evening.

The named team will be coached by Dominique Habimana who steered Nakuru to the Kenya Cup title. By press time, URU had declined to comment on the matter. The matches will take place at Kyadondo Rugby grounds with an U19 encounter between Kenya and Uganda, followed by the women’s game with the men playing last at 4pm.

Source : The Observer

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