- Published in Development
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.
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.
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
Joseph Mwambala (legal)
Jeremy Kibukamusoke (legal)
PAST MEN’S LEAGUE WINNERS
2017: Aziz Damani
2016: Tornado Bee
2015: Tornado Bee
2014: Tornado Bee
2013: Tornado Bee
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.
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).
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.
By INNOCENT NDAWULA