Andrew Owor, who helped lift Uganda 7s, wins top Africa post

By Machuki Sundaa

Andrew Owor, the man who helped his native Uganda host the 2017 Africa Sevens Championship, has risen to a prominent role in the continent’s rugby ruling body.

The president of the Uganda Rugby Union was elected as vice president of Rugby Africa during the 13th General Assembly held in Marrakech, Morocco. He will take over the role from Tunisian Khaled Babbou, who was elected president.  Outgoing President Abdulaziz Bougja was elected as an honorary president.

“ I am very glad that the elections went on very well and that most of the countries accepted our nominations, and gave us the mandate to lead Rugby Africa for the next four years,” said Owor, who was play key role in ensuring Africa’s biggest rugby sevens tournament would be held in his country.

“We think with our strategy we can work together with all the different members of rugby Africa, and we can accelerate the growth of the game in Africa”.

Uganda are rising powers in continental rugby with their sevens team set to play at April’s HSBC World Sevens Series qualifying tournament to be held in conjunction with the Cathay Pacific-HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

They triumphed in the 2017 Africa Sevens, which helped them qualify for the Hong Kong tournament.

Tano Elvis from Ivory Coast and Jurie Roux of South Africa were elected unopposed as treasurer and secretary general respectively.

Bougja said: “My successor will inherit a stable and professional organisational structure. We have set out clearly defined plans and priorities, one of them is to is to promote the participation of women in African rugby”.

New leader Babbou praised Bougia for his success as African rugby’s leader, closing the meeting with the slogan: “ In Africa we remain united, Efficient all together!”

Rugby Africa plays a vital role of uniting all African countries that play in rugby union, rugby sevens, and women’s rugby. Rugby Africa oversees and organises all high-level tournaments such as the Rugby Africa Gold Cup, the qualifying competitions for the Rugby World Cup 2019, and Africa 7s qualifying competitions for the Olympic Games2020.

Article written by Sundaa Machuki

Main Photo Credit: Uganda Rugby Union (URU) President Andrew Owor Daily Monitor. file photo

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