KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda Rugby 15s team will face South Africa’s
Cheetahs in two international friendly games that will be used
to prepare for the 2018 Africa Gold Cup.
“We have a
partnership with Cheetahs of Free State in South Africa and they
will be coming for two games on May 30 and June 2 in Kampala,”
Ramzy Olinga, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Rugby
Union told Xinhua on Saturday.
Olinga said the team
now in camp will start with a regional Elgon Cup first leg game
against Kenya on May 26.
He said playing
Kenya and the two games against Cheetahs will help the technical
bench prepare the team better before their opening game in the
2018 Africa Gold Cup away to Namibia on June 16.
Robert Seguya told Xinhua that the team will miss injured
skipper Brian Odong, Scot Oluoch, Alex Mubiru and Mathias Ochwo.
“But we are working
hard with the players who have been invited before we trim the
team ahead of the game with Kenya,” said Seguya.
The Rugby Africa
Gold Cup which is also a qualifier for the 2019 World Cup will
be played by the national teams of Namibia, Kenya, Uganda,
Morocco, Zimbabwe and Tunisia.
The competition will
be played in a league format with 15 home or away matches from
June 16-Aug. 18.
Uganda will host
Tunisia (Aug. 4), Morocco (Aug. 11) and Zimbabwe (Aug. 18) in
the race for African glory and a place at the 2019 Rugby World
Cup in Japan.
Sevens team qualified and will play in the 2018 World Cup Sevens
in California, United States in July.