Coach Tolbert Onyango has selected his twelve-man team to represent Uganda at the upcoming Emirates Invitational 7s. The Rugby Cranes, who will be challenging seven other nations for the honors are expected in Dubai tomorrow. The tournament is being held to support teams in their preparation for the July/August Tokyo Olympics
The Dubai hosted tournament is expected to kick-off on March 26th and move through the Easter period till April 11.
Uganda’s Travelling Squad
As confirmation of their participation, the Cranes have announced a formidable side blended with both experience and young-blood. Philip Wokorach headlines the squad that coach Tolbert has placed his confidence in, to travel to Dubai. The mercurial back who plies his trade in France for Avenir Sportif Bédarrides-Chateuneuf du Pape is joined by Ocen Levis.
Pius Ogena headlines a Kobs Rugby quartet that includes Ian Munyani, club captain Joseph Aredo, and seasoned 7s campaigner Adrian Kasiito. Youthful speedster Nobert Okeny also makes the cut alongside Heathens captain Michael Okorach.
The resourceful Aaron Ofoyrwoth who has been a mainstay in the 7s set up is also expected to travel to Dubai taking with him Pirates’ Desire Ayera. Other familiar faces in the 7s set up that have been handed the mantle once again are Pirates pair Solomon Okia and Massanganzira Isaac.
Who else was invited?
Coach Onyango’s men will surely meet familiar faces in Dubai as neighbors Kenya are invited. Other teams traveling to Dubai are Canada, Chile, and Argentina. 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts Japan are also en-route to the United Arab Emirates city. Jerome Daret’s Les Bleus are also invited alongside their European counterparts Spain.
The competitive training camp as it has been referred to is not only limited to the male teams but will also be a haven for the female ones. United States of America and Canada are expected in Dubai alongside their South American colleagues in Brazil. Each of Kenya, Brazil, and Japan will have two teams as both the male and female teams were invited.