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)

Aziz Damani dominate 2017 UCA Awards

PAST MEN’S LEAGUE WINNERS

2017: Aziz Damani
2016: Tornado Bee
2015: Tornado Bee
2014: Tornado Bee
2013: Tornado Bee
2012: Tornado
2011: Patidar Samaj

KAMPALA. In 2016, Tornado Bee became the first club to win four straight championships in the Jazz Safari National Cricket League.

However, their run was ended by Aziz Damani who won the title last year on the first time of asking. Damani was officially crowned as the 2017 champions during the League Awards’ ceremony at Lugogo Oval on Sunday.

It only felt a dream come true for Damani Club CEO Siva Koti Reddy who started the team in 2015. “We are very happy,” he said after lifting the trophy with captain Ghulam Hunzai on a rather cold evening after their UCA Super Cup match with 2017 Division Two kings Premier.

On the same evening, Kutchi Tigers’ Raghvani Shantilal was crowned as Player of Series thanks to his best batsman figures of 554 runs in 13 innings. Each year, the trophy cabinet grown bigger for Damani. Koti’s interest grew in the game after their franchise won the 2015 Night Cricket Championship.

They won the 2016 Kishore Pabari Memorial T20 Cup, 2016 Division Two and the 2017 Super Cup, meaning their topflight success is no fluke. Also, the ladies’ side Aziz Damani-Masaka SS also lifted the Women’s Division Two championship.

But Damani now wants to erase Tornado Bee’s records. “Definitely, the target is to win the Championship for both men and women,” Siva stated after confirming three new signings.
“Tornado Bee won four in a row but we want to win the next four.”

If anything, the signings of budding wicket-keeper Fred Achelam and left-arm seamer Charles Waiswa as well as in-form spinner Henry Ssenyondo from Challengers imply the huge intent by the yellow brigade.

Achelam replaces Arnold Otwani who left for Charity Trust Fund, was the best wicket-keeper last season with 20 dismissals.

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Sanjay Farm, UCA partner for Cricket Cranes build-up tour

KAMPALA. A busy schedule looms for the Cricket Cranes and Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) have opted to take the bull by its horns in preparation for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division IV in Malaysia as well as the Africa Twenty20 Cup in Rwanda.
To get the preparations started, a provisional squad of 17 will tour Qatar and India for invaluable match practice and exposure as they try to execute what they have been doing in training, thanks to UCA’s partnership with Cricket Sanjay Farm’s Swetal Desai.

On the backdrop of Roger Mukasa and Charles Waiswa’s involvement with the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Select Team that toured India last year, Desai was overwhelmingly impressed by the pair’s talent and pledged to support the development of cricket in Uganda.
UCA chairman Bashir Ansasiira travelled to India for a special meeting with Desai on December 26 last year and the two high caliber personalities fixed the tour for next month (February 17-23).

Team’s potential
Cricket Cranes Team Manager Jackson Kavuma, who alongside CEO Justine Ligyalingi and Operations Manager Martin Ondeko finalised the tour arrangements, said the purpose of this tour was not only to test the team’s potential.
“We are indebted to Cricket Sanjay Farm and Desai who are going to facilitate a bigger portion of our budget,” said Kavuma.

“The purpose of the tour is to also unleash cricketing skills in the remote part of South Gujarat and it will also hopefully open new dimensions for Uganda cricket.”
Before heading to India, coach Steve Tikolo and his men will camp in Qatar for a series of T20 and 50-over rubbers against the national side that is littered with classy players from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

SQUAD TO QATAR, INDIA

Batsmen: Roger Mukasa, Hamu Kayondo, Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Simon Ssesaazi, Shahzad Kamal, Lloyd Patternot
All Rounders: Deus Muhumuza, Brian Masaba, Frank Nsubuga, Kenneth Waiswa, Irfan Afridi Riazat Shah
Wicket-Keeper: Fred Achelam
Spinner: Henry Ssenyondo
Pace Bowlers/Seamers: Charles Waiswa, Trevor Bukenya, Bilal Hassan
Reserves: Emmanuel Isaneez, Steven Wabwose.

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By INNOCENT NDAWULA

UCA National Academy gathers steam at Lugogo

WHAT’S ON SCHEDULE
What: National Cricket Academy
When: January 21-31
Venue: Lugogo Cricket Oval
Numbers: 25 participants

KAMPALA. Two days into the first-ever Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) National Boys Cricket Academy, the coaches in charge Steve Tikolo, Franco Otieno and David Obuya are overwhelmed by the talent exhibited thus far.

Lugogo Cricket Oval has been a bee-hive of activity with the 25 players in the academy making the field a beautiful spectacle alongside the men and women’s national sides – the Cricket Cranes and Lady Cricket Cranes respectively.

“Every time I see you Ugandans playing cricket, I see a group of talented individuals,” said Obuya, who also worked with Baby Cricket Cranes (national boys U-19 side) during the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa U-19 World Cup Qualifier in Nairobi, Kenya last May.

“We are going to work on several aspects of their game to help them become better. Obviously talent is not their problem. But execution of shots, bowling to plans and better game reading. We want to empower them with a better understanding of the game and etiquette.”

UCA Development Officer Henry Okecho highlighted the importance of the training and also revealed that the ‘respected’ Kenyan tacticians were the most suitable to run this core programme for the association. 
“It is a 10-day residential programme with sessions in the morning (9am to 12pm) and afternoon (3 to 6pm),” disclosed Okecho.

“In my opinion it is long overdue as we had planned it for December 2017. There is no doubt that this programme will help us build our stocks for both the U-19 and National teams. Our plan is to set up an U-23 program that would take up most of these players and help prepare them for international competition. This program also acts as a bridge between junior and senior cricket.”

Notable players invited for the International Cricket Council (ICC), Bankstown Cricket Club (Australia) and the National Council of Sports (NCS) sponsored academy are national team trainees Steven Wabwose and Frank Akankwasa.

PLAYERS IN NATIONAL ACADEMY
Soroti: Emma Twijukye, Aaron Okwi, Pius Oyena,
Jinja: Eddy Agaba, Steven Wabwose, Calvin Watuwa,
Robinson Obuya, Joel Elelu, Marvin Kitamirike, Pius Oluka. Kampala: Perry Wazombe, Cosmas Kyewuta, Juma Miyaji, Ashraf Ssenkubuge, Frank Akankwasa, Simon Okecho, Gerald Mubiru, Ronald Opio, Ramanthan Ochimi, Fort Portal: Pascal Murungi, Samuel Ntimba, Isaac Ategeka, Alfred Alijuna, Moses Ahura Masaka: Ronald Lutaaya

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By INNOCENT NDAWULA & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

UCA ‘empower’ 40 girls’ schools with kit

With over 30 schools currently taking part in the Girls’ Schools Cricket Week Qualifiers, Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) have boosted further their preparations ahead of the tourney.

UCA Development Manager Henry Okecho and Operations Manager Martin Ondeko literally empowered 40 girls’ schools by giving them brand new cricket equipment sets to each.

“We encourage you not to misuse the equipment. We want you to use it well to enhance the skills of your students so that they can be able to compete better,” said Okecho, who also thanked Bankstown Cricket Club in Australia for continuing to give UCA good equipment for 13 years to-date, during the hand over at Lugogo.

Each of the schools that was represented by their games and cricket masters received four pairs of batting pads, four pairs of batting gloves, six helmets, four thigh guards, one pair of wicket-keeping gloves and one pair of wicket-keeping pads. The best 12 schools from the qualifiers will take part in the Girls Cricket Week from April 29 to May 4.

THE BENEFICIARIES 
Kololo, Gayaza High, K. C Budo, Ndejje, Seeta High, Mukono Parents, Kyambogo College,City High, Nalinya Lwantale, Green Hill Academy, St Lawrence Sonde, Masaka, Bwala, Kako, Blessed Sacrament, Exodus, St Gerald, Lords Meade, Jinja SSS, Busoga High, St James, Good Heart, Busedde, Pmm Girls, Honest Hill, Olila High, Halcony High, Soroti Mun, Light SSS, Kyebambe, Nyakasura School, Kasese SSS, Kilembe SSS, Mt Rwenzori, St Theresa, Mt Rwenzori, Bwera SSS, Mutwanyana High, Rock High, Tororo Town College.

By INNOCENT NDAWULA

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