All is set for the 2019 Roke Telkom National Rugby Sevens Series that start this Saturday at Kyadondo Rugby grounds, Kampala.
Betway Kobs captain James Aredo has revealed that his side will be targeting silverware after falling short last season.
Pirates, the sea robbers won in Kyadondo, Jinja and Legends to claim the title despite Kobs winning the last event held at Kyadondo and one in Mbarara.
“We just fell short last season,” said Aredo on Tuesday. ‘We are going to assemble a better team, we may not have new signings but have plenty of new young kids who are eager to impress.”
“We seek to have better attitude towards the sevens and we will prove that on Saturday. We may not be the best prepared team but I do believe that we are good enough to take on any one.
“On behalf of my teammates, we are confident and want to return to winning ways.”
It should be noted that Kobs had won the previous three titles on succession before Buzz Pirates triumphed last year.
Kobs coach Fred Mudoola will depend on Aredo, Adrian Kasito, Justin Kimono among others to sail the side through the short version of Rugby.
Roke Telkom Announce Title Sponsorship
Uganda based telecommunications company and public service provider of internet, Roke Telkom was on Tuesday officially confirmed as the headline sponsor. They return after missing out last season.
Uganda Rugby Union CEO Ramsey Olinga commended Roke and Guinness (other sponsor) for a wonderful job in developing local Rugby and sports in general.
Speaking during a press briefing held at Kyadondo, Alex Bazirake, head of Corporate affairs at Roke Telkom said that the company joined the venture not only to bring affordable internet but also support sports in Uganda.
“We are proud to associate with Rugby in Uganda,” commented Bazirake. “When URU approached us, we were quick to accept the title sponsorship because rugby in nature represents our style – Agile, Relentless, robust and thrilling.”
He revealed that Roke will also provide affordable Wi-Fi Rokespot internet connections on matchdays including upcountry at locations where there is connectivity, while media will be treated to free internet from Roke Telkom through tournament.
It should be noted that Masaka and Mbale are this year’s new hosts in a bid for Rugby to cover more grounds
This year’s schedule:
Saturday 25th May 2019
*Buffaloes 7s at Kyadondo
Saturday 1st June 2019
*Buddu 7s in Masaka
Saturday 15th June 2019
*Henry Rujumba Memorial 7s at Kings Park
Saturday 6th July 2019
*Heathens 7s at Kyadondo
Saturday 20th July 2019
*Coronation 7s at Legends
Saturday 3rd August 2019
*Jinja 7s at Dam Waters
Saturday 17th August 2019
*Mbale 7s in Mbale
Saturday 24th August 2019
*Edward Kitaka Memorial 7s hosted by Betway Kobs at Legends.