Sometimes life’s best portion comes towards its evening yet we would adore the morning sessions much more.
This is a true description to the sporting life of Westnile’s own Rugby Star Wadia Victor Emmanuel.
Born on 28th February 1979 at Bombo Barracks, Wadia spent some of his youthful life at Zambia Zone, Mvara village. He went to Mvara SS and Entebbe SS for high school and Makerere University. But it is Entebbe SS that linked him to his long term darling, Rugby.
The zeal for the game led Wadia and some rugby loving friends to form the current Entebbe Mongers Rugby Club in 2000 where he played and later on joined Makerere Impis as a student of the University in the same year. His game abilities eventually led him to Kobs in 2002 for which he has played to date.
The 96 kg and 5.9 ft rugger captained The Kobs side in between 2005-2007 and represented Uganda in over 30 International caps.
But nothing during that period moves Wadia more than winning the 2007 African Championships in Madagascar and he truly reminisces about that so often;
“When I remember the quality of teams that we played against in Madagascar, I can conclusively say that we played all our hearts out. It was not easy as we went past Ivory Coast, Kenya and hosts Madagascar. Sweetest rugby moment ever in my career”.
But given the fact that life has both positive and negative ends, Wadia’s biggest regret still remains the 5-3 loss to Morocco at Kampala Rugby Club in 2006, which loss dented Uganda’s chances of the 2007 Rugby World Cup qualification which was eventually won by South Africa.
On how he cut the list for the national team given the quality Uganda possessed during his era, the Kobs’ Lock said;
“I was not afraid of the quality of players in the country. I actually believed that I was also amongst the crème de la crème of that generation. Though nothing should be taken away from Robert ”Soggy” Sseguya, Allan Musoke, Edmond Tumusiime and Micheal Wandera who were all top players during their playing days and were too good for any African side”.
The full time admirer of internationals Martin Johnson and Lawrence Dellaglio (England) and Richard Bands and Victor Matfield (South Africa) believes inspiration from life role model, Uncle Eng. Zua Aziku, hard work coupled with sheer determination pushed him through in the game of rugby for all these years.
On retirement from the game, the lanky Lock said;
“I think I have got a season or two to call it quits since there are fresh boys in the game and they equally need to develop. Am a family man and wish to spend more time with my family since the last 2 decades have been entirely work and rugby with lots of travels away from home”.
“I only advise the upcoming players to train hard and concentrate on the game since it is more demanding than any game physically and health wise”.
On grass root development of rugby in Westnile, Wadia said;
“ Me and my friend Helen Koyokoyo Buteme have a project to carry out rugby sessions in Westnile Schools. We started last year and it was a success. Nile High Odia campus emerged victorious and some of the selected girls have been summoned to the National U-19 team. All these were aimed at promoting Girl Child Education.
On a lower note, we are disappointed by the COVID-19 Pandemic given that our next plan was to roll the game to Mvara SS and St. Joseph’s College Ombaci”.
“The main intention of this project is to keep the school going child active in education and sports as well as an effort to tap talent which can become a profession alongside the fruits of formal education in the future”.
Westnile Sports equally looks at strengthening the game of rugby in Westnile and hope to have more stars in the national league as well as the national team just like we were blessed with Wadia Victor even without having gone through any grass root programmes.
Kudos Wadia, Nothing but Love from Mvara Dri.