Baby Cranes kick start promotion expedition

Friday May 10 2019

Baby Cranes coach Brian Makalama oversees his

Baby Cranes coach Brian Makalama oversees his brigade’s practice session in preparation for the Bathes Cup. COURTESY PHOTO 


KAMPALA. The Baby Cranes and majority of the rugby following feel the former don’t belong in Pool C of the Africa Bathes Cup which kicked off on Tuesday with Zambia rolling over Ghana 55-3 at Kyadondo Rugby Club.

But there’s a way out of the lowly Pool C, win your games and promotion is the reward.

Stuck with Ghana and Zambia in the category, Uganda must come out on top of the round-robin week-long competition to move ahead.

Coach Brian Makalama and his boys were part of the crowd that witnessed Zambia run riot over Ghana. The West Africans looked out of their depth but Makalama is not taking any of that.

Jet lag issues
“I watched both sides play but they had some jet lag issues and you cannot know what game they will have for us, I cannot know what game to expect but I have got to wait for kick off like anyone else,” Makalama told Daily Monitor.

At the moment, Zambia lead proceedings with five points but a win for Uganda today could level up things and a healthier margin could even take them to the summit of the log.


The Baby Cranes camp is in buoyant mood and ready to go after two months of training. “The boys are up for the challenge, they know what is at stake and what to do,” added Makalama.

Uganda play Zambia on Sunday to climax the age grade competition after serving a two year ban.


Friday Fixture
Uganda vs. Ghana, 5pm
Sunday Fixture
Zambia vs. Uganda, 2pm