Uganda Cranes centre Pius Ogena reacts in a past clash. Photo Courtesy/ Denis Acre-half.

Former Kabras centre wins USPA Rugby Player of the Year award


Ugandan International and Kobs centre Pius Ogena has won the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) Rugby Player of the Year.

The former Kabras man was among sportsmen who were feted during the annual gala held on Wednesday, 18th November 2020 at Kampala Serena Hotel. Samita Ayikoru won the USPA female rugby player of the year award.

Speaking after receiving the award, Ogena said “I thank the Almighty God for making this happen. In Rugby, you need to be aggressive and physical. You need to have the right mind-set.”

The centre won the 2019 Uganda 7s Series with Kobs, claimed the Uganda Cup as well as a second-place finish with the side in the Uganda Premiership season.  He was also part of the Uganda Rugby Cranes 15s squad that finished third in the 2019 Victoria Cup.  He started in the midfield as Uganda beat Kenya 16-13 in the Elgon Cup first leg encounter in Kisumu and came off the bench in the 16-5 loss at Kyadondo.

Ogena who played in Kenya Cup in the 2017/18 season was part of the Uganda 7s squad that finished second in the Africa Men’s 7s held in South Africa in 2019 after 31-0 loss to Kenya. 

Ogena spent close to 11 months with Kabras having joined them in January 2018 and his exit was confirmed in November.

In 2019, Phillip Wokorach became the first sportsman to win the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) fan’s choice award. The category which was introduced for the first time in 2019 saw the utility back beat Commonwealth double gold medalist Joshua Cheptegei and Dennis Onyango.


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