Africa: Kenya White Rhinos defeat the Ugandan Generals in first leg of Africa Zone Series

By Ngabirano Avitus, 2bob Sports.

This past weekend, the Kenya White Rhinos battled through a torrential downpour and a fired-up Uganda Generals squad to come away with a 14-0 victory at Legends Rugby Grounds in Kampala, Uganda in the first game of a two-game home and away Africa Zone series between the two nations.

The last time these two teams met was a year ago when Kenya came away with a 6-0 win.

The Uganda Generals came into the game with high hopes of getting their first ever victory. Having had multiple training camps and training sessions, the last sessions being conducted by Americans William Cotter (Generals quarterback) and Stuart Zackary, the Generals knew that they had to turn the tides in their favor.

The Ugandan coaching staff consists of head coach Shudais Mpanga, defensive coordinator Martin Omala and offensive coordinator Abel Bangi.

All was moving according to plan and while the teams were in their final warmups, a heavy downpour, which had not been anticipated delayed the game for an hour, turning the field into a quagmire.

Photo: Toni Kamau

Kenya started on the defensive end, and due to their excellent coordination, they managed to stymie Uganda’s offense, who couldn’t find a gap to run through.

When the Kenya offense came on, they looked sharp and running back Ramadhan Nanjove managed to break through on a second down to score the first touchdown of the game.

Kenya exhibited a lot of confidence when they opted for a 2-point play, and the quarterback Moses Waweru managed to score a conversion to make it 8-0.

In the second half, the Generals came out strong and managed to wither Kenya’s offense. When the Ugandan offense came on, they continued with the same spirit gaining about 20 yards before a fumble popped into the hands of Kenyan defender Ramadhan Nanjove who raced all the way for a touchdown.

The game finished 14-0 in favor of Kenya who remain undefeated in games against Uganda after three straight victories going back four years.

Photo: Toni Kamau

Kenya’s head coach Odhier Derrick on his team’s performance:

“We did what we usually do, come to this ground and beat Uganda”.

Uganda has made massive steps in the growth of the game and the Kenyan captain was impressed about what he saw from them.

“Basing on the way we played them last time, they have improved tremendously.”

The return leg of the series will be held on December 12 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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