Overlook warning signs at your peril

stronSCOTLAND- stronIt could be a fortnight since Kenya humiliated Uganda in the Elgon Cup but that 34-0 return leg walloping is yet to sink in for some national team players.

“I still don’t understand what went wrong,” Michael Wokorach, who was forced to skip the game in order to travel here for the Commonwealth Games Rugby 7s, told Saturday Monitor in an interview last week. “That result was a shock to me.

Many of the boys here were equally stunned by the result,” added Wokorach, one of the three captains in the 7s side set to line up against England, Australia and Sri Lanka at the 51,000-seater Ibrox Stadium this evening.

Wokorach is a cog in the 15s team and badly wanted to play a part before coming to Glasgow although the technical committee decided otherwise.

stronPainful lossstron“After winning 21-14 in Kampala, we should have held on and taken the Cup. But I wasn’t in Nairobi so I can’t really discuss much about that result.

And you never know, we could still have lost with me on the team.”

That painful loss, Wokorach is hoping, can turn into the driving force this weekend.

“This is a far much bigger tournament than the Elgon Cup. Thankfully we have all tried to put the past behind ourselves and focus on the job at hand,” he offered.

“We are working so hard and trust me we’ll do well.”

Yayiro Kasasa, coaching the team alongside Tolbert Onyango, said mid-week a quarterfinal berth in the Main Cup is their target. And Wokorach concurred with his coach a last eight slot is a possibility.

Uganda faced the same teams at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India but could only defeat Sri Lanka in the group stages.

England and Australia are technically miles ahead of Uganda but Kasasa has urged his troops to treat their opponents with no fear.

“Respect but fear no man,” Kasasa emphasized midweek.


Australia vs. Uganda, 3:12pmEngland vs. Uganda 8:24pmSri Lanka vs. Uganda, 10:42pmAll games live on SS7

stronUGANDA’S RESULTS IN 2010stronstronGroup stagestronAustralia 33-0 UgandaEngland 55-0 UgandaUganda 35-5 Sri LankastronBowl quarterfinalstronUganda 26-14 MalaysiastronBowl semisstronanada 22-17 UgandastronUGANDA’S SQUADstronMichael Wokorach, Jasper Onen, Allan Otim,Lawrence Ssebuliba, Phillip Wokorach, Alfred Bijik, Ramadhan Govule,James Ijongat, Eric Kasiita, Eric Kasiita, Emmanuel Ecodu,Benon Kizza, Phillip Pariyo

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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