NATIONAL rugby coach Yayiro Kasasa has urged Ugandans not to lose hope in the rugby team despite their dismal performance in the Dubai 7s.
Kasasa said the team will put up a formidable performance at the Commonwealth Games due in Melbourne, Australia next year.
â€œIt is just that we failed to get the strong names. The team was less 70% the normal manpower. Most of the players were either doing exams or were not released by their employers as their leave schedule had been exhausted during the World Cup qualifiers,â€ said Kasasa.
â€œThey will be available for the Commonwealth Games next yearâ€.
Kasasa said the form that saw them being invited by the International Rugby Board to the Melbourne games will be prevalent as the team starts training in January for both the games and the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) 15s.
Commenting on the countries in their pool, he said it was nothing new about South Africa and Samoa as they have always played against them and have learnt something from them.
â€œWe have never played Tonga but we have played against South Africa and Samoa. Our best players will be back then and we will put up a good show,â€ Kasasa added.
Kasasa optimistic Uganda will deliver