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Hosts Uganda will take nothing for granted as they battle table leaders Namibia in a 2017 Africa Rugby Gold Cup this afternoon at the Legends Club, Lugogo.

 
Hosts Uganda will take nothing for granted as they battle table leaders Namibia in a 2017 Africa Rugby Gold Cup this afternoon at the Legends Club, Lugogo.

Speaking to URN on Friday, Uganda's coach John Duncan said the game will be a close contest because Namibia are a strong and experienced side. "We need to be very accurate because Namibia have the capacity to punish opponents when the execution is lacking," he added.


"This is a very big game for us because we know Namibia are a good team and they are the table leaders," said Uganda's star player Philip Wokorach.


But the Namibian team that leads the table have vowed to win and maintain their unbeaten run. "We want to take early control of the game and avoid a late fight back like we did against Zimbabwe last weekend," said Namibia's head coach Davies Philip Thomas.


Another experienced player Viviers Casper Wilfried who plies his trade in France told URN that they are here to win. "We know Uganda has improved, but we are determined to win the game," he added. In the same fixture last year Namibia stopped Uganda 40-31 in Kampala.


But this time round after starting with a 33-33 draw away to Kenya and a 17-16 win in Senegal before a 78-17 thumping of Tunisia last weekend, Uganda Rugby Cranes are not the team to be under rated.


Namibia lead the log with 15 points, while Kenya are second with 12 and Uganda are third with 11 points. Zimbabwe sit fourth with six, Senegal are fifth with 1 point and Tunisia are sixth with no point. The top five teams will make it to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers to take place next year.