With cameras flashing, Martin Ondeko and Justine Ligyalingi shook hands as Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) chairman Bashir Ansasiira watched on.
It may have appeared ordinary between two but it carried more weight for the gentleman’s game.
That moment at Copper Chimney in Lugogo on Friday officially ushered in Ondeko as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for UCA for the next three years, replacing his former boss Ligyalingi.
“I feel very excited and honoured to be chosen as the third CEO of UCA, taking over from a gentleman who has seen it all,” Ondeko opened up at his unveiling in company of Ansasiira, Ligyalingi, UCA Board Member Hanumant Katkar and CEO Recruitment Committee representative Elly ‘Sober’ Mukasa.
“Filling his big shoes will be very challenging. But as a person who mentored me, I believe that the foundation you have left behind, we’ll be able to move forward,” Ondeko said of Ligyalingi.
Emotional, right? Ondeko had served as the interim CEO ever since Ligyalingi called it quits after eight years of service in February.
Before that, Ondeko was UCA Operations Manager, a position he had held since 2013. Prior, the former U-19 batsman had served as Administrative Officer since replacing Allan Ssematimba in 2009.
Turning 33 on July 16, Ondeko becomes the youngest CEO and he must now beat the big weight of expectation from the fraternity. “Increasing commercial value of UCA through bringing in sponsorships as well as growth in performance of both men and women’s national teams will be basis for measurement of my job performance,” he vowed.
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