Things are not moving according to plan in the Baby Cranes’ camp, the Daily Monitor has learnt.
Out of the 44 players summoned last week, only 15 have turned up for practice in preparation for the Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) under-19 Tier 1B tournament scheduled for August 25-31 in Kampala.
This development has left team manager Mike Ndiema surprised because the clock is ticking first.
“It is true that numbers are still low,” said Ndiema.
“We are only having students from day schools and those in their S.6 vacation. I have learnt that most of them are training for the regionals.”
In recent times, the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) has had a problem of convincing traditional schools to release their students for under 19 engagements as it disrupts schools activities.
In an effort to persuade schools to release the players, the Ndiema is planning on making formal requests to the different schools.
“I am going to send mails to the different schools administrations asking them to give us the boys so as to keep our preparations on track,” said Ndiema.
He is however happy with the progress of the 15 in camp. “Apart from the few numbers, everything else is on point.”
CAR U-19 Tier 1B, August 25-31