By Thomas Odongo
Uganda Rugby Cranes back row star Marvin Odongo is in deep pain after sustaining injuries on Saturday in Nairobi.
Odongo who also plays for Uganda top-flight side Buzz Pirates was on national duty playing for the Rugby Cranes who were in action against Kenya Simbas during the Elgon Cup return leg/Gold Cup at RFUEA Grounds.
Reports indicate that Odongo sustained fractures on the jaw albeit knocking his head on the ground.
Also, his glabella bone (the bone between eye brows and nose) is badly injured as well as a fractured nasal complex and maxilla.
After going down in the battle field, there were fears that Odongo might have sustained a brain injury but fresh reports from Nairobi indicate that his brain is very safe.
The Uganda Rugby Union (URU) on Monday released a statement regarding the matter and they hope that the situation will get better.
URU and UMC Victoria Hospital in Uganda are in a partnership to handle such cases but since Odongo got injured in Kenya, it is a very tricky situation.
As it stands now, Odongo cannot travel back home to seek medical attention at UMC Victoria Hospital because of the nose bleeds and the discomfort caused by the cabin pressure.
''The Sports Ministry has been engaged and a decision has been reached and an understanding to pay for this procedure in Nairobi although these funds may not be accessible now since it is some process before it is completed,'' URU noted in a statement.
The total cost of the treatment is expected to be $4000 plus another $2000 for ancillary.
Friends, players and the family are currently on a fundraising drive to save Odongo through Godwin Kayangwe in Uganda on +256777912029 or Benjamin Mugisha in Kenya on +254728600181.