Zambia jet in with intent to break Victoria Cup duck

Friday August 16 2019

Rookie Desire Ayera leaves a Zimbabwean in his

Rookie Desire Ayera leaves a Zimbabwean in his wake enroute to scoring a try. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO 

By DEUS BUGEMBE

KAMPALA- The Chipolopolo, Zambia’s national rugby side arrived in the country for their Saturday Victoria Cup tie in the wee hours of Thursday morning with a contingent of 30 people.

New in the Victoria Cup having been revived after a seven-year lull, the Chipolopolo have every reason to give their all when they take on Uganda at Kyadondo tomorrow.

They remain the only winless side in the competition after suffering losses against Zimbabwe on the opening day and Kenya a fortnight ago to place them at the bottom of the four team log.

“They are hungry and obviously want to get to winning ways. A hungry side can be prove to be unplayable and we are not taking them for granted at all because we expect a tough game,” said Rugby Cranes coach Robert Seguya.

History is against them as they have never won a game in Kampala, their only visit to the capital came 18 years ago in 2001 and they lost 21-12. The other two meetings of the sides have been away in Lusaka with Zambia covicingly taking one 44-17 in 2003 and losing the other 5-21 in 2007.
The Zambians also had a training session at Kings Park, Bweyogerere and are expected at Kyadondo Rugby Club this evening for the formal routine of a captain’s run.

2019 VICTORIA CUP
TOMORROW, AUGUST 17
Uganda vs. Zambia 4pm, Kyadondo
Past encounters
Jul 7, 2007: Zambia 5-21 Uganda
Sep 13, 2003: Zambia 44-17 Uganda
Aug 11, 2001: Uganda 21-12 Zambia

dbugembe@ug.nationmedia.com

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