Uganda Cranes and Kabras fullback Philip Wokorach has admitted that suffering fractures on his right and left leg was a devastating moment of his career but healing from them has made him stronger.
Wokorach suffered his first fracture on the right leg on March 23, 2013, and it took him eight months to return to action. He announced his return by scoring 23 points as Heathens walloped Lira 114-05 in a Ugandan Premiership Clash.
His second fracture came when he was on trials at Esher Rugby Club. As he played against Chinnor Rugby Football Club on February 28, 2014, he was tackled five minutes into the game and he suffered a fracture on his left leg.
During this period the star needed the help of doctors, counselors, and physios to deal with the fear that his career was coming to an end.
“I fractured my right leg and then the left leg. It was really devastating, it pulled me back and kept on wondering if I would ever play again. I went to see counselors, physios and different doctors and they told it was something small and it was part of the game. They encouraged me that I would get back on the pitch. As time went on it became a reality and thank I, God, because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have healed. It strengthened my faith, my hope, my courage and I didn’t look back after I healed, ” Wokorach told Planet Sports Rugby Podcast.
The player says the pressure from fans to see him perform day in day out is what pushes him to work hard in his rugby career.
“The pressure keeps me going and working hard daily. The pressure is healthy on my side and I don’t mind,” he added.
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Though he has won the Africa Mens 7s, played in the World Cup and Commonwealth games with Uganda 7s, Wokorach believes that he will be remembered only if he helps his country qualify for the World Cup 15s.
“I wouldn’t say am so proud because there is a lot to come and am still striving. I thank God again for that (recent success) because I wouldn’t have achieved it. To be the best in Uganda, I would love to see Uganda in the 15s World coz that is when they will know there is a country from Africa that has qualified for World. If I am part of the team, I will be remembered as one of the best, ” He added.
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The player is confident that Uganda 15s team can achieve the World Cup dream since the side proved its abilities in the 2017 Africa Gold Cup campaign. He is also hoping to see the 7s side qualify for the Olympics and the World 7s Series.
“2017 we tied with Kenya, 2018 we had to juggle between the sevens and 15s so if affected us a bit. Now I believe this year we are ready to put a good show. This year is also a big year for the sevens team. We still have the Hong Kong qualifiers to be a core side in the World 7s Series and we have Olympic Qualifiers. If we qualifier for both it will send the message to the world,” he stated.
Wokorach has been in fine form this season and his side Kabras is unbeaten in Kenya Cup in the last nine games.