Uganda’s rugby 7s team has been crowned champions of the Africa Rugby 7s after defeating Namibia in the finals played on Saturday at the Safaricomp Stadium, Kasarani in Nairobi.
Uganda defeated Namibia 38-19 to be crowned champions and also book a slot at the HSBC 7s series in Dubai.
Tries from Pius Ogene, Philip Wokorach, skipper Eric Ssebuliba, Marvin Odong, Okias and Lawrence Ssebuliba ensured Uganda sailed past the Namibians. Wokorach stepped to make Uganda’s conversions.
I am very happy for the boys. It has been a long time coming. We have tried and waited for many years, and luck was on our side today.
“I am very happy for the boys. It has been a long time coming. We have tried and waited for many years, and luck was on our side today,” an emotional coach Onyango said moments after the final.
The team will attend the 2016 Dubia 7s as an invitational side in pool B that has South Africa, USA and Scotland.
From Dubia, the Rugby cranes will head to South Africa for the Cape Town 7s.
Congratulations Uganda Rugby 7s team. You showed the true power of working under minimal finances. The entire country is proud of you.— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) September 25, 2016
Uganda played in the lucrative 7s World Series circuit in the early 2000s before Uganda Rugby Union (URU) dedicated their resources.
“The team is hungry to play at that level and we want to emulate our brothers Kenya,” Captain Eric Kasiita said.