Thursday, 9 August 2007
As the rugby season is set for a close, the Elgon Cup is also touching down in the city this weekend for all you rugby fans. The Cup is a 2-leg match up of Kenya vs Uganda's 15-a-sides. The first leg was played in Kampala on May 26 and Kenya lost 10-26.
The Ugandans who have been making good progress especially with the 15-a-side team will look to upset Kenya at their home turf-RFUEA grounds. But the Kenyan coach Michael 'Tank'Otieno said that with some recalls of the players involved in the 7s teams , Kenya will be hoping to hold its own against them.
The full squad is named below:
Horace Otieno, Lavin Asego, Collins Injera, Sydney Nderitu, Humphrey Khayange, (Mwamba), Innocent Simiyu, Joel Ng’ang’a, Leslie Libasia, Daniel Kiptoo, Victor Sudi, Lewis Olaka, Vincent Ong’era (Quins), Moses Kola, Nato Simiyu (Impala), Wilson K’Opondo (Mean Machine), Peter Mutai, Paul Murunga, Edwin Alubaka, Derrick Wamalwa, Arnold Odera, Anthony Ogot (KCB) and Mike Aung (Nondies).
The fixture is sponsored by sponsored by East African Breweries under the flagship brands of Guinness in Uganda and Tusker in Kenya.It is named Elgon after the Mt.Elgon which lays on the border of the two countries. Some say it is the version of the Bledisloe cup played between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies.
Uganda are the previous holders having won it last at an aggregate score of 29-27. I have been listening to one of Nairobi's FM stations hype the event using the movie "300" parts and am bemused by the lack of (or is it really) originality by the creative department of the said station ! All the same, it's going down and you better be there !