Rugby Cranes: Mugerwa, Omoding In For Algeria Showdown

Asuman Mugerwa has bounced back into the squad as Rugby Cranes look to see off Algeria on Sunday afternoon. The veteran forward sat out Ghana’s drubbing last time out but has made the cut for tomorrow as the team was released today.

Fresh from a bonus point victory against Ghana last week, Brian Makalama’s charges match into tomorrow’s fixture with their minds fixed on a win to secure top spot in Pool C. 

Following Algeria’s shock defeat at the hands of Ghana on Wednesday, Makalama is wary of Les Lionceaux and has rotated his squad for the occasion. Asuman Mugerwa will prop alongside Brian Odongo, replacing the ever-reliable Santos Ssenteza. 

Still speaking matters forwards, former U-20 vice-captain Mark Omoding comes in at blindside flank. The Harlequins forward put in a big shift off the bench against Ghana and relegates Kelvin Balagade to the reserves.

The mercurial Aaron Ofoywroth is selected ahead of vice-captain Paul Epilo to pair Ivan Magomu at half-back. Meanwhile, a first-half injury to the explosive Justin Kimono forces coach Makalama to develop a new midfield. However, Pius Ogena is maintained at the inside center as Solomon Okia joins him at 13, giving way for Jinja Hippos’ Maxwell Ebonga at wing.

With qualification for the  Rugby Africa Cup 2022 knockout stage already under-lock, Cranes go into Sunday’s fixture, hoping to remain unbeaten in their backyard. Topping pool C will ensure an encounter with neighbors Kenya as the winners of the next tournament book tickets to France for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. As the covid19 ravages the nation, the Kyadondo Rugby Grounds fixture will be played behind closed doors and streamed live on the Union’s social media platforms.

Rugby Cranes Squad for Algeria Tie.

  • Forwards: 1 Asuman Mugerwa, 2 Faraji Odugo, 3 Brian Odongo, 4 Robert Aziku, 5 Eliphaz Emong, 6 Mark Omoding, 7 Byron Oketayot, 8 Desire Ayera.
  • Backs: 9 Aaron Ofoywroth, 10 Ivan Magomu, 11 Maxwell Ebonga, 12 Pius Ogena, 13 Solomon Okia, 14 Daudi Ssemwami, 15 Adrian Kasito.
  • Reserves: 16 Ronald Kanyanya, 17 Santos Ssenteza, 18 Collin Kimbowa, 19 Kelvin Balagadde, 20 Joaquim Chissano, 21 Jacob Ochen, 22 Paul Epillo, 23 Ivan Claude Otema.
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