Uganda Cranes will ‘die for the country’ at Hong Kong Sevens, says coach

By Machuki Sundaa

Coach Tolbert Onyango has called up 12 players to the Cranes sevens men’s team, for the 2019 HSBC Sevens Series qualifiers set for April 5-7 in Hong Kong.

Uganda spent the better part of the month fine-tuning the team in training, and the Cranes are determined to put on a good show in Hong Kong, with the winners qualifying for next season’s main world series.

“After serious training for over a month, we have picked the best men who I am sure will die a little for the country in the Hong Kong Sevens,” coach Tolbert Onyango told Xinhua.

Though some regular players did not make the cut team captain Michael Wokorach is confident that his team will make an impact at the tournament.

“Some experienced players are missing on the team, but we are determined to go and showcase good rugby,” said Wokorach.

Cranes qualified to take part in Hong Kong Sevens having finished third in Africa Sevens, although they missed out on qualifying for the Cape Town and Dubai Sevens. Uganda are pooled alongside Germany, Chile and Cook Islands in pool G.

Joseph Aredo, who missed out in the team who featured in the Africa Sevens, has made a come back as a full back.

Winger Paul Masendi, who has been very instrumental in domestic champions Heathens, has also made the cut. Other players are Philip Wokorach, Desire Ayera, Aaron Ofoirwoth, Adrian Kasito, Ian Munyani. Byron Oketayot, Timothy Kisiga, Pius Ogeno and Isaac Maasa.

Tolbert’s charges will play two games on opening day against Germany and Chile, before taking on the Cook Islands the next day.

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