New Uganda Rugby Cranes captain Ivan Magomu says that the team is full of excitement ahead of the Rugby Africa Cup.
Magomu will lead Uganda as the nation host the Group C games at Kyadondo starting this Saturday.
He was appointed the team captain and will be assisted by Brian Odongo and Paul Epillo in lew leadership selected by Coach Brian Makalama.
“It’s a huge honour to be chosen to Captain the Rugby Cranes,” Magomu told The-SportsNation.
“We have a crop of exciting young players on the team and being chosen to lead these players is a Big Privilege. We have prepared pretty well. The camp is in good spirits and we are buzzing to go.”
Magomu who had his senior national team debut against Kenya in 2016, replaces Asuman Mugerwa and Brian Asaba as the new captain.
The Local Organising committee have confirmed that the games will be played without fans and under strict observance of SOPs.
Without the vocal fans, work is cut out for team Uganda at Kyadondo.
The Black Pirates player adds: “That’s the new normal now. We shall definitely miss the 16th man (fans) but I’m sure they will be behind us all the way.”
Makalama named eight debutants in the 28-man squad.
Magomu adds: “We have a committed and dedicated crop of young players. That’s what matters.”
The Rugby Africa Cup will act as a qualification pathway for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Uganda will face Ghana and Algeria at Kyadondo with the top two teams will progress to the third and final round of the Rugby Africa Cup in 2022.