KAMPALA. Cricket Cranes all-rounder Roger Mukasa was yesterday morning voted the Nile special-Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) personality for the month of October during the journalists’ meeting at Imperial Royale Hotel.
The opening batsman beat Badminton player Edward Ekiring, footballer Robert Ssentongo and rally pair of Omar Mayanja and Leon Ssenyange to the accolade for his outstanding display in the just concluded Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division III in Malaysia as he was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Mukasa collected 265 runs from six innings with a highest score of 86 against Bermuda at an average of 52.8 per innings and only fell short of best batsman Malaysian Arjurn Mutreja (282)’s aggregate by 17 runs.
“What,” Mukasa reacted after Daily Monitor broke the news of his latest achievement. “I am so proud to have been voted for such an award and can’t believe it.” “It’s a big motivation and I believe I was on form for my country and would like to laud my teammates for what we did in Malaysia.”
The 25-year-old’s tidy part time off-spin deliveries that accounted for 27.5 overs also prized out 13 wickets at a cost of 125 runs, just one scalp behind the tourney’s best bowler Basanta Regmi of Nepal.
The Tornado B player hit 86 runs to help guide Uganda to the ICC Division II Cricket league, which will be held in Namibia in January 2015 after the country accumulated the required eight points.
During the same meeting, the scribes also commended Professional boxer Sharif Bogere for knocking out Mexican Fernando Garcia in the fifth round in a non-title fight.
Cricket Cranes Team for qualifying for the ICC Division II Cricket league and Shamim Bangi for scooping a bronze medal in the Nigerian Badminton tournament were all mentioned.