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Eliphaz Emong: Forward eyeing success with new club, open to Kenyan return

Eliphaz Emong played for Kabras before moving to Kenya Cup side Homeboyz RFC in 2019

Following his switch to Ugandan side Hippos Rugby Club, former Homeboyz Rugby and Uganda Cranes loose forward Eliphaz Emong has admitted he has never been more” hungrier” for trophies and victory.

Emong who was speaking to The Scrummage, also admitted to settling in well in the Jinja-based side camp, saying he has already rolled up his sleeves to the challenge ahead of him.

Further, Emong openly admitted to how the decision to quit Homeboyz was tough, and how he will miss his moments in Kenya, hinting of a possible return in the future.

“It’s a new challenge that I have been waiting for anxiously. The reception I have received has been amazing and I am hungry to win games and trophies with my new side,” he said.

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“Of course, the decision to quit Homeboyz and leaving Kenya was a tough one. Some of my highest rugby career moments were made there, or, while I was there. I will therefore miss every moment I was in Kenya. It is not like I will never cross borders and play on that side again, of course, one day, maybe, I will return but right now I want to help my team with everything I have to ensure we win trophies,” He added.

To the Jinja Hippos fans, Emong said they should expect some good rugby from him, and hopefully, a trophy.

“We want to win as many games as possible. This is what the fans should expect. Also, individually, I want to help build my fellow team mates’ confidence,” he said.

Emong was unveiled by Hippos Rugby on Saturday 27 with two other new members, among them local boy, Kelly Akeng’o formerly of Kenya Harlequins and Kabras RFC.

Both Emong and Akengo have been named by head coach Robert Sseguya in the Hippos squad for the 2021 Nile Stout Rugby season.


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