Peter Magona doesn’t enjoy the allure of the media as much as his former Rugby Cranes teammate Robert Seguya. He prefers to stay silent or at best, challenge the reasoning behind the questions put to him by journalists. On the other hand, Seguya loves the attention that comes with his work.
Nairobi showed the two extremes. In the aftermath of the U-19s loss to Kenya, Seguya got his boys down and spoke to them for a long time. He had watched on as his team’s 15-10 aantage from Kampala was wiped away in a 27-12 loss. Hours later, Seguya was there to see his former national captain Magona feel worse.
As darkness fell, a disconsolate Magona refused to talk to the media. The national team coach perhaps couldn’t believe what he had just seen.
Kenya had just beaten Uganda 34-0 to bury the 21-14 loss here as a meager blip and win an eighth Elgon Cup. They had just entrenched their dominance on the contest. “I have run short of words and I don’t know what to say but to sum it up that the boys didn’t come. “Even the drift and run plans we corrected they could not execute,” Magona would later manage to say.
But, that was far from where the major worries arose. This team is firmly in decline and the win at Kyadondo is the only one Rugby Cranes have managed in their last seven games.
This year and the last will count as dead years. Magona has presided over the slide that started in 1A last year and has finished in 1C. The results haven’t been coming but you can hardly remember the last time the national team left the pitch without any points on board.
Knowing that this was a second string Kenyan side, Kenya A, will hurt even more for the entire rugby fraternity. They have only been three victories in 10 games going back to 2012 and remedies don’t seem a certainty.
stronRECENT RESULTSstronstron2013stronKenya 16-17 UgandaUganda 13-19 KenyaKenya 52-11 UgandaMadagascar 38-24 Ugandastron2014stronUganda 19-22 Ivory CoastSenegal 32-33 UgandaUganda 21-14 KenyaKenya 34-0 Uganda
SOURCE: Daily Monitor