USIU-A Rugby team has set eyes on the annual Federation of Africa University Sport (FASU) Kings of Rugby 7s tournament to be held in Uganda between October 8th and 10th, 2021 at the Makerere University’s Graveyard – IMPIS grounds.
A 13-man squad was named on Wednesday by USIU Rugby coach Tom Langat for the Rugby Championship that will double up as qualifier to the FISU University World Rugby Cup to be held in Kazan, Russia next year.
Kadima Elvis and George Muyomba will captain USIU Martials with KRU Championship regulars Isaiah Kulova, Joe Awori, Muinde Makau, Paul Mukhisa, Eric Obwaga and Neville Odongo making the squad.
“It has been a tough period for everyone, this tour will bring back hope to the hundreds of university students and athletes as a whole who depend on sports especially those on sports scholarships, most of whom nearly lost the scholarships.,” said Langat.
“I would like to thank USIU-A for ensuring that sports resumes under the MOH guidelines and for supporting the same. All sports stakeholders should ensure the same so that things normalize. Athletes yet to be vaccinated should shun the myths associated with the vaccine and get it done.”
16 Universities Uganda, Kenya, Libya, South Africa and Zimbabwe have confirmed participation for the second edition of FASU Kings of Rugby 7s.
JKUAT Cougars, Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad, Daystar Falcons and Meru University are other Kenyan varsities expected to join USIU Martials in Uganda. The hosts will be represented by Mbarara University, Makerere University, Kabale University and Busitema University.
Defending champions University of Johannesburg will lead the South African contingent that includes University of Pretoria, Stellenbosch University and University of KwaZulu Natal.
With Covid 19 lasting longer than organizers had anticipated, all participants are set to be vaccinated while volunteers and staff will have to present negative test results with fans set to be locked out.
USIU-A Rugby team:
Isaiah Kulova, Kadima Elvis ©,Joe Awori, Godfrey KirDagu, Allan Odiyo, Muinde Makau, Fred Okoth, Muyomba George, Ronald Kipchumba, Paul Mukhisa, David Mango, Eric Obwaga ,Neville Odongo