Everyone woke up to bad news about the death of Rugby legend Robert Sseguya.
The 43-year old’s death was announced through the social media platforms of the Uganda Rugby Union on a Tuesday evening.
“Uganda Rugby mourns the loss of legendary player and Coach Robert Sseguya. May his soul Rest In Peace. #RIPRobertSseguya,” Uganda Rugby Union (URU) tweeted.
This comes after months of treatment at the Uganda Cancer Institute in Mulago.
Legendary open flanker and five-time Uganda Rugby League winner inspired the country to victory in the Rugby Africa Cup in 2007,
He has died after a battle with Leukaemia.
Mostly known by his nickname ‘Iron Man’, Sseguya was a rugby legend with a standout career through which he played with grit, determination and team spirit for every team he played for.
Sseguya has been fondly known among peers was diagnosed with cancer in May 2021, after complaining of feeling unwell at the end of a league game where he saw his side Hippos beat Mongers 25-11 in Jinja.
A week after the game, he was rushed to Pulse Clinic in Kololo, where he was stabilised before he was told that he was suffering from acute leukaemia.
He was then transferred to Mulago Cancer Institute to begin his chemotherapy process though he remained adamant of returning to the touchline.
He promised his fans that he will be fine though this hasn’t come to reality though he fought on and showed signs of improvement as the whole rugby nation poured their weight to support him both financially and emotionally to see him through the process.
Background as a player
Selected for Africa Leopards twice in 2007 and 2008 being made captain on the first call
Won the Elgon Cup in 2006
African Champion in 2002 and 2007
Won the league with Heathens in 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011
Won the Uganda Cup with Heathens 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001
Played for Uganda in 7s at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and 2010
Played for Uganda in the IRB Sevens circuit in 2001, 2003, 2004.
He was also selected for the Africa Leopards twice in 2002 and 2007, a representative team from the African Rugby Union representative team that comprised the best players on the continent.
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