STEVE TIKOLO: CRICKET CRANES HEAD COACH PARTS WAY WITH UCA

After a disappointing Africa T20 campaign on home turf last May, many people in the cricket circles called for Steve Tikolo’s head.

Uganda Cricket Association, however, chose to stick with the Tikolo to oversee the first leg of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B in December.

The association was contemplating renewing Tikolo’s contract after the success in Oman where the team won all their games but on Wednesday afternoon they announced the coach will be leaving.

“Stephen Tikolo has chosen not to renew his contract with Uganda Cricket Association,” a statement from the association reads in part.

His contract was due for renewal and negotiations have been ongoing with Steve to stay with us especially after the success in Oman in December 2019 (but) unfortunately, he has made a personal decision not to extend his stay with us despite our interest to continue with the relationship.”

Tikolo has been in charge for three and a half years having joined the national side in 2016.

“In the interim, the team will be handled by Davis Turinawe – a former Cricket Cranes and Under 19 Coach. The process of hiring a new coach will commence soon and should have the position filled by the end of February 2020.”

UCA U15 GIRLS' SOFT BALL TOURNAMNET - KASESE REGION

The *Kasese U15 Girls' Softball Tournament 2019 came to end as Kyanjuki Primary School saw off the hosts Katiri Primary School in the Finals.

UCA has spearheaded in increasing participation in girls schools with organized competition and training so as to cope with the increasing demand of women cricket both local and internationally.

 

Cricket is being used as a tool to deliver life skills and health messages to students which in a long run has got great impact on individuals. In an area like Kasese with alarming numbers girls dropping outs of schools, cricket has provided a safe haven for them to continue in school.

 

As the event came to an end Below were the 3 exceptional players;

*Best Bats Lady*: Ithungu Jolly (Kyanjuki Primary School


*Best Bowler*: Kirimunda Immaculate ( Mt Rwenzori Girls’ School)


And *Best Fielder*, Sharon from Bulembia Primary School).

 

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners *Banks Town Cricket 

UCA SCHOOL SELECT SIDE TO TAKE PART IN YOUTH SERIES IN RWANDA

Uganda Cricket has sent a Schools Select side that travels by road tonight to part in the Youth Quadrangular Series in Kigali Rwanda.

The squad made up of mostly U19 players was selected from the 2019 Schools Cricket Week edition and had a one week residential camp in Lugogo in preparation for the trip.

This trip is part of the early preparations for the 2021 U19 World Cup qualifiers as Uganda looks to return to the Global Junior World Cup.

Cricket Uganda has started the preparations through specialized training camps as well as exposing the players to invitational junior competitions.

A new look U19 side took part in the Star Field tournament this year and only four players who were part of that trip have been included in this Schools Select side.

The side of 14 players selected from various schools will be led by Kings College Budo’s Aine Aaron with Habibu Mugalula as head coach.

The team will compete against two development sides from Rwanda and Nyakasura School from Uganda.

There will be no resting for the team that arrives in Kigali tomorrow early morning and will have to play their first game in the afternoon.

All games will be played on the T20 format with the final game to be played on Friday morning.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports

The Team

Aine Aaron (Capt – Kings College Budo), Mohammed Yakubu (Vice Capt – Makerere College School), Kakuru Cyrus (Busoga College Mwiri), Waiswa Anderson (Busoga College Mwiri), Puwata Ronald (Jinja SSS), Pius Oloka (Jinja SSS), Kunsa Cyrus (Jinja SSS), Sohela Richard (Jinja SSS), Joseph Baguma (Nyakasura School), Brian Asaba (Nyakasura School), Kakaire Joel (Masaka SSS), Ronald Lutaya (Masaka SSS), Mukisa Eric (Busoga College Mwiri) and Abenaitwe Christabel (Ntare School).

Officials

  • Habib Mugalula – Head Coach
  • Denis Musali – Team Manager

UCA: Badu bounces back

Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasiira is officially back in the hot seat as the chairman of Uganda Cricket Association (UCA).
This is after an overwhelming 11-5 win against Paul Nsibuka Luswata in the rescheduled polls at the UCA Special General Meeting (SGM) held at Kati Kati Restaurant on Saturday.
During the initial Annual General Meeting (AGM) on January 26, both candidates had polled eight votes apiece in their quest to be at the helm of the gentleman’s game for the term 2019-2021.
But it is Ansasiira that won a second successive term after a six-week wait after getting the nod from the 16-vote Electoral College.
“Thanks for showing faith in me,” Ansasiira, spotting a blank but straight face, told the house in his short acceptance speech. 
“Cricket is here for all of us to develop and I will continue working and involving everyone. I am deeply focused on development. 
“I will also ensure that we have an operational budget and plan that tallies with our actual execution in the field so that our finances are well balanced. And finally I will work to make certain the success of our flag bearers – the national teams. I want to work in ensuring that cricket is a sport that everyone in Uganda is proud of.”
Nsibuka justifiably sounded disappointed after failing to upstage Ansasiira in a third straight elective polls.
“I will stay on as a Board Member for Tornado. And I will contribute as I have been doing,” said the defiant-in-defeat Tornado delegate.
“The cricket fraternity have spoken. Who am I to disagree. I can also respect, if I am truly cricketer. Disappointed? Yes I am. But I have to respect the voice of the majority.”
The SGM wasn’t without rope pulling – something that can be avoided that has become part and parcel of several AGMs in Ugandan sport.

KICC factor
As predicted by Daily Monitor, it was Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) that swung the vote with their two representatives voting for Ansasiira this time after opting for Nsibuka on January 26. It is also believed that Jinja Association of Cricket Clubs (JACC) split their vote with each of the members voting for a different camp.

New committee
There was also a new Constitutional Review Committee, to be headed by William Kibukamusoke, set up after the house threw out the proposal sent in by clubs to resolve the impasse in case of a tie similar to the one that happened in January. 
The financial books were also passed this time round with the audit firm Crowe Horwath AIA given another term. But the audit firm set the alarm bells ringing with a strong worded letter to the board with some tough recommendations where they highlighted that there were issues with UCA’s accounting and that the Accountant is not competent enough to produce quality results – something that the board has to act on.

HOW THEY VOTED AT UCA SGM

Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasiira 11
Paul Nsibuka Luswata 5
New Constitutional Review Team
William Kibukamusoke – Head
Enock Barumba
Premal Yagnik
Rajin Tailor
Joseph Mwambala (legal) 
Jeremy Kibukamusoke (legal)

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