Ivan Magomu has been in Mbarara, away from his Pirates ship, but says he says Western Uganda Rugby Union has given him a second home, actually third home.
Ivan relinquished himself of the captaincy of the 2018 champions Black Pirates before the start of the 2019-2020 campaign. He is pursuing a diploma in legal practice (Bar Course) at the Law Development Center, Mbarara Campus.
Owing to Ivan Magomu’s educational journey that saw him move to Mbarara, Pirates appointed Hooker Nathan Bwambale as skipper. The former has since found a rugby haven with the Western Rugby Union.
“Given his contribution on the national scene, the younger ones look up to him,” commented Western Union Rugby President Stephen Kalimba.
“He can help us get to the folks who have this hard stance against the game. He can share some knowledge with players he has gotten over his playing time.”
Magomu has been involved in the grassroots impartment of the game, training drills, match officiation among other activities.
“I officiated the game between Mbarara Mustangs and Kabale Gorillas and I was impressed. Though, the place needs more facilitation and I am glad the URU President was here recently.,” said a jubilant Ivan Magomu.
Western Uganda Rugby Union is one of the regional decentralized bodies to help the Uganda Rugby Union realize the goal of at least 100,000 Ugandans actively involved in Rugby.
“We are one of 4 regional unions i.e. Western, Eastern, Northern and Central. We set our target as the schools which include primary, secondary and tertiary for both girls and boys,” says President Kalimba.
“We always have students who are green in technical areas of the game so having someone like Magomu will expose the players to a different insight.”
The rugby season around the country just like any other sports calendar is on hold as the country faces a social lockdown while trying to fight the Corona Virus pandemic.
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“I was supposed to take charge of Ntare and was supposed to be starting this week but now Corona Virus has happened,” says a dejected Magomu.
“I have watched them in a friendly with Katatumba Academy and I am excited. By Nationals, I believe, after a little polishing, they will shock the central region schools.”
The Uganda Rugby Union issued a statement last week that suspended any rugby until the government communicated it was safe to do Sports again.