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Victoria Cup: Uganda beat Zambia in opener


By Martin Mugambi 


  • Uganda 30-08 Zambia

Uganda Rugby Cranes secured a 30-8 win against Zambia in the opening match of the 2023 Victoria Cup at the Kings Park Arena on Saturday evening.

This was the very first time, the Uganda Rugby Cranes played at King’s Park Arena in Bweyogerere and the win was perfect gift for the big crowd of Ugandans who turned up in big numbers and not short of any ‘vibe.’

Team Captain Ivan Magomu lead by example opening the cranes account with a well taken penalty to put Uganda 03 up after 9 minutes of action.

Ivan Magomu before the game.

“It is such a great honour to captain the team, we started slow but later caught up, we are here to brake barriers it’s a long project and we are only getting started.” – Magomu after the game.

He expressed confidence in his team heading into the next game against archrivals Kenya. “It’s a Derby, it’s Tricky but we have to look into this previous game and make more preparations.”

The team had a number of debutants but the return of former team Captain Michael Wokorach gave many chest thumping moments for the fans in the crowd.

Stanbic Black Pirates’ Timothy Kisiga was the stand-out player on the day walking away with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) accolade.

Kisiga receiving his MOTM award from the Minister of state for sports, Hon. Peter Ogwang

The Victoria cup which got its name from Lake Victoria and Victoria Falls but this time round the defending champions Zimbabwe didn’t manage to come defend their trophy.

However, the annual will not fall short of Rugby Action especially with the Elgon Derby between Uganda and Kenya as it’s climax on Sunday 5th November at King’s Park.

The Simbas will have to face Zambia on Thursday 2nd November, 2023 at Kyadondo Rugby grounds

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