RUGBY: Ghana’s quest to reach 2023 World Rugby Championship suffer a jolt as Uganda hammer Eagles in opening game in Kampala
Ghana’s Black Eagles succumbed to a humiliating 53 to 12 loss against hosts Uganda at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in the Africa Rugby Cup on Saturday afternoon in Kampala.
The games serve as part of the qualification process for the 2023 World Rugby Championship in France.
The Eagles were trailing 29-12 at the time but they failed to add to their tally for the entire period of the second stanza as the hosts scored 24 times more to cap an impressive opening day. Fly-half Correy Addison was impressive though his efforts weren’t enough to aide the cause of the Ghanaians.
Ghana must stage a fight back in their second game against Algeria on July 14. The West Africans are in Pot C together with Algeria and Uganda.
The top two teams, from the three-team group, will advance to the Round 3 as the road to 2023 World Rugby Championship in France continues.
Before the clash on Saturday embattled Ghana Rugby Union President Herbert Mensah interacted with the playing body of the Eagles via video chat as he encouraged them to fight for the flag of Ghana.
There was a huge boost for the Ghana Eagles as Myles Timothy Eli Scott joined his teammates in camp from the United Kingdom ahead of the games.
South Africa-based Kofi Appiah, Josiah Twum-Boafoh, Leslie Kwesi Ansah, Phillip Apea-Adu Jerry Danquah and Selorm Gavor all joined the Ghana side but were unable to overcome the hosts.
Special contribution by Dada Oliseh