KAMPALA. Rugby Cranes’ slide into a bottomless abyss is set to grind to a halt as the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) has opted to expand the three divisions – 1A, 1B and 1C – next year.
Uganda will not have to face the embarrassment of playing in 1C after all. CAR is expanding tier 1B from four to six teams which means the relegation suffered in June has now been nullified.
“We are bound to benefit from the changes because the union has transformed its structure,” Ramsey Olinga, the acting chief executive officer of Uganda Rugby Union, told Daily Monitor yesterday.
In June, Uganda lost 21-19 to Ivory Coast and 32-31 to Senegal during the 1B event in Tunisia and was consequently relegated to 1C, pending a CAR decision.
Coach Peter Magona resigned after the relegation debacle but the team he left behind will now face Madagascar, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mauritius and Botswana. Madagascar were relegated from 1A while Mauritius and Botswana have been promoted from 1C.
Tunisia, winners of the 1B tournament, moved up to 1A to join Kenya, Zimbabwe and Namibia. The premier division, from which Uganda was relegated last year, remains with four teams.
While confirming the development, Olinga also hinted on recent disagreements between URU and CAR after reports that the former turned down invitations by CAR for training. “There were issues with our response but they are now happy with what we are doing,” Olinga said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor