Prepared by Denis musali
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Prepared by Denis musali
Aziz Damani’s 100 percent record enroute to the Jazz Safari National League crown earlier this year certainly did not go down well with the rest of the clubs.
Sport hates dominance. With Damani up the throats of many having won the men and women’s limited-overs’ titles plus the Mehta Twenty20 Premier League, a rare sweep beckons.
That’s if they win the Unimoni National Twenty20 Cup which is at the quarterfinal stage now.
However, with the overwhelming yet unusual deployment of foreign stars by other teams, Damani will have their work cut out.
The league champions Damani face a bitter rival in Tornado Bee at the University Oval in Kyambogo this afternoon in a familiar T20 quarterfinal. Specks of bother about Damani come with their record that has seen them play a final and two semi-finals in the last three editions.
“Our goal is to first get into the final then we take it from there,” Damani’s vice captain Brian Masaba stated. “Tornado Bee is hurting and they can be a dangerous side so we are not taking anything for granted.”
Damani has Jamaican Javian McFarlane available but Tornado Bee has recalled Kenyan old guards Obuya brothers Collins and David to back up Roger Mukasa, Deus Muhumuza and Australian Mitch Horrocks among others. “T20 has not been our hunting ground over the years. But there is a chance to fight for silverware this season,” said Tornado Bee captain Jeremy Kibuukamusoke. “We have lost a bit of our thunder but the team with the most perfect strategy on the day will win,” he added.
Over the years, no side has executed better T20 strategies than holders Challengers who are on course to make a three-peat and four title in five years. Having finished second in Group A behind KICC, they now face stubborn Kutchi Tigers at Lugogo this afternoon.
Short code exponents
And they are not taking any chances. Club proprietor Mohammed Vaheed has brought in experienced Zimbabwean ODI players in captain Hamilton Masakadza and Timycen Maruma.
Also, Indian Abdulahad Malik of India Premier League (IPL) franchise Rasthajan Royals is here. “We are going for a treble implying a bigger task on our hands and we have great inclusions,” opening batsman Arthur Kyobe disclosed.
Kyobe is set to open with Hamu Kayondo. Malik, who boasts of the highest ever fourth wicket partnership (202*) with Manpreet Juneja will bat at three and Masakadza is expected to walk in at four. Tigers’ captain Alphesh Hirani remained tight-lipped but they have quietly brought in India-born Kenyans and retain a livewire in Dinesh Nakrani and 2015 winning captain Ankit Patel in their ranks.
The foreign legion doesn’t stop because after topping Group B, Ceylon Lions are now interested in the silverware and have brought in a Sri Lankan and Kenyan Alex Obanda to face Jinja SSS at Kyambogo this morning. In Lugogo, two-time finalists KICC are banking on high-flying batsmen Wassim Butt and Suleman Sharif when they meet explosive and brave youngsters of Strikers.
By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE & INNOCENT NDAWULA
For nearly a decade, Justine Ligyalingi has been the face of Uganda’s cricket. He has seen it all.
But on Monday, Ligyalingi officially resigned from the position of Chief Executive Officer at Uganda Cricket Association (UCA).
“I have done two terms, that’s eight years and it’s time to move on,” Ligyalingi told this paper hours after his exit email streamed to the media.
He had held this position since 2010. Here, shaped the sport in thick and thin and was at the fore front of hosting different championships at the local, regional and international level.
Not to forget, Ligyalingi was a key figure in Uganda’s recent successes such as the 2011 ICC Africa Twenty20 Championship on home soil as well as the 2017 ICC Africa Women’s T20 tourney in Zimbabwe.
“Its given me lessons, requiring things to work with in real time, managing multiple complex stakeholders, but at the same time an experience that I am grateful about.”
“We have achieved together as a team. And I am very glad to leave at this stage where UCA is looking very bright and moving to a higher level. Cricket has made me what I am and I am happy to have served.” added the 47-year-old.
Ligyalingi, who had held the position of assistant general secretary of National Council of Sports (NCS) prior from 1998-2010, did not resign in email though. Ligyalingi, a wicket-keeper batsman back in his heyday, sent out a document advertising his former job, confirming keys decisions that came through from the recent UCA AGM.
The meeting agreed to find a new CEO, who will now administer the sport in a crucial spell where the senior men’s national team - the Cricket Cranes - is seeking promotion from the ICC World Cricket League Division Four.
Promotion from this tournament due April 28 - May 5 in Malaysia could enhance the support UCA receives in terms of grants from international body ICC.
But to become UCA CEO, one must have in-depth knowledge on the local game and international connections within the sport.
Daily Monitor understands that three individuals are candidates for the vacant job.
They include Martin Ondeko, who has served as UCA Adminstration and Operations Officer since 2009.
“I haven’t heard about that yet,” Ondeko said when contacted about the job. “I haven’t decided yet (about applying).” the Nile Cricket Club batsman added.
Jacob Muddu, a player with Africa Cricket Club, is another in the race for the job as well as teammate Slyvester Rokani.
“Ha ha ha, I am a cricket lover, always be and will,” Muddu stated when asked about his interest for the job.
“It would be nice to serve cricket in any capacity, player (which I currently am) or manager.” the man who first learnt about the game at Busoga College Mwiri in 1996.
Flavia Laker’s unchallengeable display kept on tickling the board as she became the 2nd lady to score a Century after Christine Aryemo since the inception of Women Cricket in 2000.
Flavia scored 101 runs off 107 balls with 8 fours, pushed Charity to a mass yet the biggest score of the Tournament 254 runs, losing 8 wickets in their allotted 40 Overs.
Susceptible JACC only managed 37/10 in 15.1 Overs. Congratulations to Flavia Laker on yet a milestone achieved in your career.
CHARITY 254/8 IN 40 OVERS BEAT JACC 37/10 IN 15.1 OVERS BY 217 RUNS AT LUGOGO OVAL
TOSS WON BY JACC WHO OPTED TO FIELD
BATTING CHARITY: FLAVIA LAKER 101 (off 107 balls), SADAT KEMIGISHA 49 (off 58 balls)
BOWLING JACC: VERONICA NAKADAMA 2/57 IN 8 OVERS
BATTING JACC: VERONICA NAKADAMA 12 (off 21 balls)
BOWLING CHARITY: SADAT KEMIGISHA 3/2 IN 1.1 OVERS, PATRICIA MALEKIA 3/9 IN 5 OVERS
Prepared by; Franklyn Najjumba