Name: Isaac Tago Musakira
Weight: 73 kgs
Height: 5’8 ft
Current club: 9Barrels Warriors
Former club: Betway Kobs
Leadership roles: Captained Kyambogo university in the 2015 AUUS games in Busoga and the East Africa university games 2016 in Nairobi winning silver medals.
Captained Warriors rugby in the 2017 National sevens series.
National engagements: Represented the national U-19 team in 2013 winning the tier one B and represented on the sevens national side in the Safaricom 7’s in Kasarani Nairobi the same year.
We caught up with the Warriors utility back and had the privilege of taking a journey with him as he shared his life story and the specifics of how his rugby began.
“I grew up in a family of five children; four boys and one girl. I was the 2nd born in a family raised in the ghettos of Naguru. My primary education was at Naguru katali primary school before joining Kyambogo college for high school. For my higher learning, i attended Kyambogo university and i am currently at Uganda Martyrs university Nkozi.”
Tago’s rugby journey
It all began in 2009 when Isaac was in form 2 at Kyambogo college where he crossed paths with the knowledgeable coach Christine Kizito. He went through the ranks of rugby at Kyambogo college; playing for the U-14 and advancing with time.
“I was introduced to club rugby by James Ijongat in 2011, playing for Kobs’ second string side called Boks.”
In 2013, he got a chance to play with Kobs however this stint was short lived as he moved to Warriors that same year for an opportunity to get more game time under his belt. He spent 4 years at the “No Stress rugby” outfit before rejoining the Blue army in 2018. The move at Kobs lasted a year and as fate / destiny would have it, he returned to warriors where he plies his trade to date.
Life outside rugby
“Outside rugby, my life rotates around books and some businesses that i do for a living. Back in 2018, i started a business called Tales Juice World that deals in fruit and vegetable juice. This is something i started with a colleague.”
“I’m a person who loves giving back to the community and i do so through a charity initiative i birthed with my team mate Cyrus Watum – Generation To Generation Uganda.”
Favorite rugby moment
“When i won the tier 1B trophy with the U-19 national team.”
Worst rugby moment
“The time i popped a shoulder a day before the team traveled to Zimbabwe and i was dropped.”
Role model: Ham
Favourite rugby players
Local: Solomon Okia
International: Cheslin Kolbe
Future rugby aspirations
“I see myself featuring for the Rugby Cranes in the next two years.”
Message to upcoming players
“They should always believe in themselves and respect older players.”
Message to fans
“The fans of Ugandan rugby are amazing. I can’t stop thanking them for the endless love they show us on and off pitch.”