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Rugby Africa Cup: Uganda Target Algeria Scalp

Sunday, July 18
*Zimbabwe VS Uganda (Women), 1pm
*Uganda VS Algeria (Men), 3pm


Uganda Rugby Cranes will return to action on Sunday for their final Group C game of the Rugby Africa Cup.

The Cranes will be seeking for a perfect ending in a game that will be behind closed doors at Kyadondo.

The games are qualification pathways for the 2023 World Rugby Cup.

Uganda was chosen 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.

After their 53-12 win against Ghana in the opener, Uganda confirmed their qualification ticket to the next stage.

Solomon Okia and Desire Ayera had braces each while Faraji Odugo, Brian Odongo, Aaron Ofoyrwoth and Ronald Kanyanya scored the other tries. Adrian Kasito added the extras in a convincing win.

A win for Uganda will ensure the side finish top of Group C and will therefore face Kenya who came second in Group B. Senegal awaits at the other end if Uganda comes second.

Algeria are in a must win situation after their 22-20 loss to Ghana but its an up hill task for the side ranked about 56 places below their opponents.

Coach Brian Makalama has made a couple of changes in the starting team including Hippos starman Maxwell Ebonga starting at 11. Joaquim Chissano has been handed a debut on the bench.

Uganda Team sheet:

Asuman Mugerwa (1), Faraji Odugo (2), Brian Odongo (3), Robert Aziku (4), Eliphaz Emong (5), Mark Omoding (6), Byron Oketayot (7), Desire Ayera (8), Aaron Ofoywroth (9), Ivan Magomu (10), Maxwell Ebonga (11), Pius Ogena (12), Solomon Okia (13), Daudi Ssemwami (14), Adrian Kasito (15).

Reserves: 
Ronald Kanyanya, Santos Ssenteza, Collin Kimbowa, Kelvin Balagadde, Joaquim Chissano, Jacob Ochen, Paul Epillo, Ivan Claude Otema


Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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