Brian Makalama and Pirates Coach Robert Musinguzi will lead Uganda Rugby Cranes in training in the absence of Head Coach Robert Sseguya.
Sseguya is hospitalized at Mulago where he is battling Leukemia and will be unavailable as the Cranes start off their sessions. As the rugby family and well-wishers continue to make contributions for his medical kitty, the Union has called on Makalama who led Kisumu in the 2019/20 Kenya Cup season to lead the sessions while Musinguzi will serve as his assistant.
“With the Rugby Cranes coach, Robert Sseguya currently hospitalized, the Uganda Rugby Union executive committee has appointed experienced Coach Robert Musinguzi to assist Coach Brian Makalama. Coach ‘Bobby’ as he is fondly called will have to immediately take the players to focus away from the goings-on off the pitch and try together with Brian to steer the team back to focus on the tasks ahead,” reads the statement by URU.
Makalama who coached former Kenya Cup sides Bungoma and Western Bulls says he is looking forward to meeting the players in camp.
”It is exciting to meet the group of players on Saturday. I am curious to see who will honor the call-up since that will be our first training session. First sessions are usually challenging because it sets the pace on the rest of our contact.”
Musinguzi on his part said: ”It is a huge honour to be chosen to work with the national team. As a coach, the opportunity to work with the top players and coaches in the country is something very exciting. I have worked with Coach Brain Makalama before at club level and I am looking forward to another enjoyable, memorable and ultimately successful experience with him at the National level.”
Below is the list of rugby players summoned for the national team training camp.
KOBs: Collins Kimbowa, Saul Kivumbi, Brian Odongo, Wilobo Mukili, Faragi Odugo, Trevor Maina, Jude Juuko, Robert Aziku, Emmanuel Ecodu, Arthur Mpande, Brian Asaba, Aaron Jurua, Josiah Ssempeke, James Ijongat, Derrick Tukwasibwe, Edgar Seruwagi, Justin Kimono, Alhaji Manano, Conrad Mukwaya, Daudi Ssemwami, Karim Arinaitwe
Pirates: Ivan Kabagambe, Kenneth Matovu, Nathan Bwambale, Sunday Jaguar, Abel Agum, Frank Kidega, Sydney Gongodyo, Moses Ziwa, Isaac Rujumba, Stephen Alul, Conrad Wanyama, Ivan Magomu, Timothy Odongo, Timothy Kisiga, Haruna Muhammad
Rhinos: Steven Kinyera, Francis Mukundane, Allan Alango, Daniel Nshiyimana, Zachariah Bol
Buffaloes: David Agassi Morgan Odoch
Impis: Amos Assimwe Spencer Muhiirwe
Heathens:Santos Ssenteza, Ronald Kanyanya, Aziz Khan, Scott Oluoch, Paul Epilo, Jordan Bongomin, Innocent Gwokto, Claude Otema
Hippos: Sean Mubiru, Peter Bisaso, Jacob Ocen, James Okello, Charles Tomusange, Tawfiq Bagalana, Maxwell Ebonga, Denis Etwau, Aziz Bagalana, Eliphaz Emong
Mongers: Brian Oroma, Joachim Chissano, Andrew Olweny, Edgar Kairu
Eton Manor RFC (England) David Patrick Ntambazi Semu, Samuel Wamala
Harlequins: Mark Omoding
Mwamba: Nicholas Kato