Black Pirates Skipper Ivan Magomu says that he ‘can’t wait’ to play ahead of Nile Special Stout Rugby Premiership return.
The 2020 season was prematurely ended way back in March due to Covid19 pandemic after 13 of 18 games played.
The Uganda Rugby Union declared Hima Cement Heathens as the champions, Pirates were third behind Betway Kobs then.
Last week, the players were tested for Covid19 ahead of league return on due March 6.
“I am very excited personally, I haven’t played rugby in about year and half, coming back to resume is really exciting and the whole rugby fraternity is anxious and all waiting,” Magomu said.
“The moods are high, we are happy to get the chance to return to the pitch.”
The fitness of players will be in question, and it remains a doubt whether the teams and players are ready for action.
Magomu said: “Basically, I cannot tell that the majority of players are ready, but by the time the league resumes, we will be ready I think. Its all about the players going back to their various teams and putting in home work before the league resumes.”
“The whole fitness levels and all that stuff, they will pick up as the league resumes.
“My only advise to fellow players is to put in hours of hard work, 120%, so that they get their bodies back in shape.”
During months of lockdown, Magomu revealed how he kept fit.
He explained: “I am multi talented, I played a lot of soccer, it was keeping me fit, I was visiting the gym when they were opened once in a while, then there was program that was sent out by the coaches so we had to cover some distances in certain time.”
Pirates, Betway Kobs and Heathens will be the favourites to compete for this year’s Championship.
Pirates will be looking to add to their only one league title they won I 2018.
The captain is confident about his side’s chances: “Most of the injured players are back, we are going back to the core pirates, other seasons we would have few guys of the core team missing due to injuries and schools. We are back to regrouping as a team, if we stick to our game plan and do whatever the coaches is telling us, I believe we stand the highest chance of winning this league.”
*Did You Know- Ivan Magomu, who started at SMACK, graduated at Uganda Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in law.
Stanbic Black Pirates Fixture:
March 6: Heathens (Kyadondo)
March 13: Mongers (Kings Park)
March 20: impis (Kings Park)
March 27: Warriors (Legends)
April 10: Rhinos (Kings Park)
April 17: Buffaloes (Kyadondo)
April 24: Rams (Kings Park)
May 1: Hippos (Kings Park)
May 8: Kobs (Legends)