Uganda Rugby Union, Nile Breweries extend support to players in COVID-19 lockdown

The Uganda Rugby Union (URU), together with Nile Breweries Limited under the Nile Special Stout brand has finalized arrangements to support the most vulnerable players across all the active clubs in the country as per the current season. 

The union will give this category of players basic food stuffs as a courteous gesture in during the trying lock-down period.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the world in many ways and has not spared Uganda leading to a number of measures taken by the government of Uganda to mitigate the spread of the Corona Virus. 

The measures, among others, include the suspension of sports activities. This has particularly affected the sport of rugby with many players unable to earn as they would normally.

Rugby players in action during the annual Kisubi 7s tournament

“This support will be given to the players through their parent clubs. So it will be the respective clubs to distribute the kitty as per the varying needs of the players.  We would like to thank the clubs for their continued cooperation with the stipulated guidelines as communicated by the government of Uganda,” said the Union president Godwin Kayangwe.

Mr. Kayangwe advised the players to keep in shape during this period due to the foreseeable busy and compact post lockdown season.

“I urge the players to stay fit as we may be overwhelmed by a lot of competitions when this lockdown is lifted globally. As you may know Olympics 2020 has been postponed to 2021 and our national 7s team is one of the approximately 40 pending qualifiers that was affected by this pandemic. Our national 7’s management team is working out something to keep the players fit, focused and ready for the qualifiers whenever they are communicated.

To the rest of the players, and entire fraternity, the president echoed the global call to “keep safe and stay home” till further communication from the Ministry of Health and the relevant authorities. 

Action between Entebbe Plascon Mongers (red shirts) and Black Pirates

The Uganda Rugby Union (URU) followed the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) who earlier food portions to players in the top tier Uganda Premier League, FUFA Big League (FUFA) and the Women Elite League.

The current rate of the Coronavirus cases in Uganda stands at 85 with 52 recoveries and no deaths registered.

In the whole world, 3426382 are the total Corona-virus cases. 1093950 cases recovered and 240488 died.

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