Rugby Cranes coach Brian Makalama has on Monday morning included eight debutants in a 28-man squad for the Rugby Africa Cup.
Uganda will host the Rugby Africa Group C games at Kyadondo starting this Saturday, July 10 in Kampala.
The country is also hosting the Women’s pool where they face off with Zimbabwe twice on July 14 and 18.
Betway Kobs’ Alhaji Manano is among the debutants after his title winning season while Claude Otema, Mark Omoding, Denis Etwau, Jacob Ochen, Joaquim Chisano, Kelvin Balagadde and Isaac Rujumba have also been named for the first time.
Makalama, standing in for the sick Robert Sseguya, has stated: “The selected team is a mixture of experience and youthfulness. We tried to get the team that has individuals with basic skills, individuals that are able to think on their own and individuals that are not shy to exploit their talent.”
The Rugby Africa Cup will act as a qualification pathway for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Uganda is among the host countries alongside Burkina Faso, Kenya and Ivory Coast.
The top two teams of each pool will progress to the third and final round of the Rugby Africa Cup in 2022.
An 8 teams knock-out tournament played with quarterfinals, semi-finals and a grand finale will see the winner qualify directly for RWC 2023 and the runner-up compete in a global repechage tournament.
Uganda’s Men fixture:
July 10 – Ghana Vs Uganda
July 18 – Uganda Vs Algeria
The Selected 28-man squad:
Santos Ssenteza (Heathens), Brian Odongo (KOBs), Collin Kimbowa (KOBs), Saul Kivumbi (KOBs), Asuman Mugerwa (Kabras), Faragi Odugo(KOBs), Ronald Kanyanya (Heathens), Robert Angualia Aziku (KOBs), Eliphaz Emong (Hippos), Joaquim Chissano Olwangu (Mongers), Kelvin Balagadde (Pirates) Byron Oketayot KOBs, Jacob Ochen (Hippos), Desire Ayera Ruhweza (Pirates), Isaac Rujumba Karugaba (Pirates), Mark Omoding (Harlequins), Paul Epilo (Heathens), Aaron Ofoyrwoth (Heathens ), Ivan Magomu (Black Pirates) Daudi Semwami (KOBs), Pius Ogena (KOBs), Justin Kimono Simwende (KOBs), Alhaji Manano (KOBs), Solomon Okia Saulo (Pirates ), Maxwell Ebonga (Hippos) Claude Otema (Heathens), Adrian Kasito (KOBs), Denis Etwau (Hippos)