Cricketers in bullish mood

Everything seems to be working out right as the national men’s senior cricket team finalises its preparations ahead of the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division II showpiece in Namibia this weekend.
Currently in camp in Cape Town, the Cricket Cranes have picked up the right frame of mind, just in time for the January 17-24 showpiece after a cast of enthralling activities in South Africa’s most beautiful city at the weekend.

“We have no injury concerns. Every player is in the right mood after some adventurous days here,” skipper Frank Nsubuga told Daily Monitor on phone from the team base at Park Inn Foreshore Hotel yesterday.

Coach Peter Kirsten’s side arrived in South Africa six days ago and they started their final bend to the Windhoek event with a few training sessions before a seven-wicket loss to Western Province Amateur XI at the Vineyard Oval on Thursday.

The team’s preparations were enhanced when Nsubuga and company watched some of their world-famous idols as Chris Gayle’s 31-ball 77 blitz guided tourists West Indies to a four-wicket win over South Africa in Game One of their T20 International Series the ultra-modern Newlands Park on Friday night.

“The players we watched are the ones going to the ODI World Cup next month. So I think each player got to learn a thing or two that can be applied in Namibia,” said Nsubuga, a West Indies diehard.

And Saturday’s team’s jog through the woods of Newlands Forest, located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, elevated the aura of positive feeling before they rested yesterday. “With the fitness motive aside, that run through the forest has fostered team bonding which is key.” 

Further, Nsubuga was unmoved on learning that some of Uganda’s opponents like Nepal and Netherlands have also camped in South Africa.

“We know some others are here as well but we don’t mind what they do. We are intent on working on the finer details before we head to Namibia on Thursday.”

WCL Division III champions Nepal are based in Johannesburg, the Dutch have camped in Pretoria while Canada is playing warm-up matches in Zimbabwe.

Team Uganda headed for Namibia event 
The players
Frank Nsubuga (captain), Davis Karashani, Hamu Kayondo, Arthur Kyobe, Brian Masaba (vice captain), Deus Muhumuza, Roger Mukasa, Phillemon Mukobe, Abram Mutyagaba, Patrick Ochan, Daniel Ruyange, Jonathan Ssebanja, Lawrence Ssematimba, Henry Ssenyondo

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