World Cup Qualifier -Coaches keep trust in Arinaitwe

The effort put up in the two warm-up matches against Kenya select sides have defined Team Uganda’s new batting potential ahead of the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifiers.

Regardless, there is still concern notwithstanding ability to score 250 plus runs in games against the Nairobi XI and Kenya’s seniors earlier this week.

The team’s best batsman Zephaniah Arinaitwe (pictured bowling) is struggling to perform. “He is going through a patch of poor form,” Team Uganda assistant coach Jackson Ogwang told this paper.

Now in four successive warm-up ties, the opening batsman Arinaitwe has struggled to cross the 25-run mark against the Uganda Select sides and Kenya.

In those innings, his best return was 21 runs in the last tie against Uganda XI at Lugogo last Saturday.

He made 14 runs off 17 balls against the Nairobi Select but struggled further with only 8 off 7 against Kenya XI on a batting wicket at Kanbis Sports Club in Eastleigh this week.

But Ogwang still trusts the 16-year-old. “I believe in his abilities. He just needs one good score to get his confidence back and he is good to go.”

“To beat the odds, we need Arinaitwe scoring. We trust him and shall work with him to improve the figures in one way or another,” coach Francis Otieno noted.

Arinaitwe was Uganda’s best batsman with 114 runs in five innings during the last pursuit for a ticket to the ICC Youth World Cup in Malaysia two years ago.

His best score was a 37-ball 59 in the nine-wicket win over Papua New Guinea before Uganda came fourth in the road to Bangladesh.

“I will come better. I need to be patient too,” Arinaitwe offered in a recent chat with this paper.

“He knows what the team requires of him and we’ll back him up,” captain Kenneth Waiswa said.

The Baby Cricket Cranes begin their quest for the lone slot to World Cup slated for New Zealand next year against Botswana at Jaffrey Oval tomorrow.

Uganda last took part at the global event 12 years ago in Sri Lanka.

ICC AFRICA U-19 
WC QUALIFIER - JULY 1-8
PLAYING TOMORROW
Uganda vs. Botswana
Kenya vs. Ghana 
SUNDAY
Ghana vs. Uganda
Kenya vs. Botswana

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE & INNOCENT NDAWULA

UCA National team Coaches for 2016/2017

 

UCA is pleased to announce the appointments of the following Coaches for the various National Teams for the 2016/2017 season.

 

Men’s National Team:

Head Coach           - Stephen Ogonji Tikolo

Assistant Coach     - Michael Grace Ndiko

 

Under 23:

Head Coach           - Henry Okecho

Assistants              - Emmanuel Isaneez and Jackson Ogwang

 

Under 19:

Head Coach           - Henry Okecho

Assistants             - Emmanuel Isaneez and Jackson Ogwang

 

Under 15 Boys:

Head Coach           - John Tumusiime

Assistant Coach     - Emmanuel Kamya

 

Under 19 Girls:

Head Coach           - Habibu Mugalula

Assistant Coach     - Jackson Ogwang

 

The Men’s National Team is preparing for the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament at the beginning of 2017. The Under 19 boys are also preparing for 2017 World Cup Qualifiers.

 

We believe and have hope in the above team to take Uganda Cricket to the next level as they all have vast experience in Coaching.

 

UCA continues to thank the media for the good coverage and we are looking forward to a successful cricket season with your support.

 

Regards

 

 

Justine Ligyalingi

 

Chief Executive Officer

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