Video: Cricket Cranes Take Challenge League B Preps To Namibia

Uganda Cricket Cranes will face giants Namibia as the side prepares for the second round of the Challenge League B that will be hosted in Kampala due June 14-28.

The Cranes were flagged off to Windhoek on Monday by Uganda Cricket Association and National Council of Sports officials at Lugogo.

They will play against Namibia in five matches – three T20s and two 50 Overs matches.

The trip comes on the back of the team’s 240m sponsorship boost from Kansai Plascon.

Officials and players during flag off. Photos by Nicholas Bamulanzeki

Cricket Cranes coach Laurence Mahatlane will use the matches against Namibia to gauge his side and assess players ahead of the Challenge League.

The Challenge League is a tournament which is part of the qualification pathway to the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India.

Uganda won all their five matches in the 1st round in Oman, beating Kenya, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Jersey and Italy, and will host the same sides in Kampala in June.

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Namibia Big Test for Uganda

*April 8 – T20 International:
2pm-5pm: Uganda vs. Namibia, United Cricket Club
*April 9 – T20 International:
11am-2pm: Uganda vs. Namibia, United Cricket Club
*April 10 – T20 International:
1pm-4pm: Uganda vs. Namibia, United Cricket Club
*April 12: 50-over Match
10.30am-5.45pm: Uganda vs. Namibia A, United Cricket Club
*April 13: 50-over Match
10.30am-5.45pm: Uganda vs. Namibia A, United Cricket Club

Uganda will also use the series (T20 matches) to prepare for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier B in Zimbabwe.

“It’s an exciting time. we are honoured that Namibia saw it fit to play against us. It’s an opportunity for these young lads to put up their hands and show the world what they are capable of,” Mahatlane said.

South African coach Laurence Mahatlane

The last time Uganda faced Namibia, was in April last year when the Cranes were thoroughly beaten.

Six players including debutants Juma Miyagi and Emmanuel Hasahya, captain Brian Masaba (injury), Deus Muhumuza (academic obligations), Richard Agamire and Simon Ssesazi were not part of the squad that visited Namibia last year.

Mahatlane added: “What is important is growth, when I came to Uganda one of the first things I wanted to work on is growing depth, making sure to have three players in each number.

“(Juma) Miyagi showed what a talent he is at World Cup and Qualifiers and he still has 14 and 15 years to play for his country.”

Cricket Cranes contingent:

Players – Brian Masaba (Captain), Deus Muhumuza (Vice-Captain), Dinesh Nakrani, Riazat Ali Shah, Kenneth Waiswa, Fred Achelam, Frank Nsubuga, Arnold Otwani, Henry Ssenyondo, Cosmas Kyewuta, Emmanuel Hasahya, Simon Ssesazi, Frank Akankwasa, Richard Agamire, Juma Miyagi.

Officials – Laurence Mahatlane (Head Coach), Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach), Shamim Nassali (Physiotherapist), Alvin Mboijana Bagaya (Analyst), Innocent Ndawula (Media Manager), Jackson Kavuma (Team Manager)



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