Ugandan winger Musoke retires from rugby

Jun 06, 2021
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Arguably Uganda’s best winger ever Allan Musoke has announced his retirement from rugby after an exciting 12-year career that saw him bag 47 caps for Uganda including two Commonwealth Games’ appearances at the 2006 Melbourne and 2010 New Delhi Games.

Clad in the number 14 jersey against the England Counties side that defeated the Barbarians from Uganda 66-13, the 32-year old Musoke confirmed his decision to a stunned crowd at the Kyadondo Rugby Ground on Tuesday evening.

“I am grateful to the fans of Kobs and the national team. I learnt so much as I played against the best teams. I won some games and I lost others,” said the ever-happy Musoke amidst a standing ovation.

Musoke who will always be remembered for his game reading, never-give-up attitude, speed whether on the wing or at fullback will be dearly missed by the rugby fraternity right from coaches, teammates, fans, journalists as well as opponents.

One of the fans who preferred not to be mentioned said, “I have watched Musoke playing rugby for over 10 years and every time he is on that pitch he gives his very best. He has been committed to whatever team he features for whether Kobs or the national team. We shall miss him.”

Chosen to feature for the African Leopards-an African rugby union representative side thrice (2005, 2006 & 2007) by the Confederation of African Rugby, Musoke has also been very influential for his domestic club-Utl Kobs.

The Leopards side which comprised of players from Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia played its first game against South African students in 2005 as a curtain raiser to the second Mandela Challenge Plate match between the Springboks and Australia.

On their first overseas tour in 2006, the Leopards defeated the British Army Senior XV 20-10 at Aldershot as part of the Army Rugby Union’s centenary celebrations. Musoke was also in the Uganda team which won the CAR title in 2007 in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Musoke, however, revealed that he will continue with his involvement with Ugandan rugby more especially in the coaching role and he told the upcoming generation to focus on their education as well.

“I encourage young players to balance education with rugby. Go get your degree for it is important,” added Musoke while giving a speech after Uganda Rugby Union vice chairman Ian Walker handed him a plaque.

Musoke spent the evening wearing an England Counties jersey that he also received from the visiting side that recognized his talent after playing against him for just 80 minutes.

 

 

Usher Komugisha,Kampala

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