The unfortunate omission of Uganda national rugby team regulars Michael Wokorach, Allan Otim and Jasper both Elgon Cup legs when they host Kenya for the first leg scheduled for July 12 in Kampala.
The trio have been named in the National Sevens side that will represent Uganda at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this month. scheduled for July 12 in Kampala
It is going to be a rare occasion Uganda meeting Kenya this year that even former captain Matthias Ochwo is out with an Achilles injury, Eric Butime and Lawrence Wakabi have opted out due to personal commitments.
For coach Peter Magona it is going to be a significant lift from a series of mediocre performances by the old guard that have left them listing well off the pace on the continent.
Magona has shown desire to win by reinforcing the side that is still healing from the bruises and knocks sustained in Tunisia. He has summoned seven fresh players; Chris Lubanga (fly half), Solomon Okia (wing), Patrick Leku (centre), Ronald Musajjagulanyago (flanker), Ezekiel Okol (lock), Dennis Mugambe (prop) and James Okello (prop).
The new look Rugby Cranes needed to win to keep their own hopes of reclaiming the hugely imbalance in the annual Elgon Cup that also has the Uganda and Kenya U-19 sides will also clash before the women and senior men take to the turf.
So what they require is for the visiting eight-time winners Kenya say it is no longer of value to their side and bring a weakened side. The Kenya Lions had World Cup qualifiers in June where they played tricky ties against Namibia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. In search of a higher ranking, they also opted for a friendly match against Portugal, which means the first team wasn’t unavailable for the Elgon Cup.
It could be still unavailable.