CEO Ondeko plots new dawn

 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.

Kutchi Tigers vs. Tornado Bee, Lugogo
Wanderers vs. ACC, Kyambogo
Budo vs. Patidar, Entebbe
Nile vs. Avengers, Budo
Tornado vs. SKLPS, Jinja

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Ondeko gives Nile relief, woes for Wanderers

Besides Challengers being top, the other rare aspect of this year’s National Men’s Division One 50-Over League has been the degree of intensity among bottom sides.
The fortunes of the sides in the eight-team log keep changing save for 1991 and 1992 champions Wanderers. Runners-up just four years ago, Wanderers remained winless in eight games and are now as good as relegated after a 160-run loss to Nile at Lugogo Oval on Sunday.

“I think we can now begin preparing for life in the lower tier next season,” a distraught Wanderers skipper Denis Musali conceded. With just a point, Wanderers’ only mathematical chance stands at winning all their remaining six games to survive, hoping other results go their way. 
“We won’t give up though,” chipped in bowling all-rounder David Mwesigwa.
For Nile, they moved out of the relegation zone to sixth on 23 points.

“Good way to begin the second round,” said opening batsman Martin Ondeko, who registered a match-winning knock of 78* off 141 balls. The former U-19 national player struck six boundaries and his 66-run first-wicket combo with Abu Seguya (30 off 37) and a 57-run third partnership with skipper David Musoke (22 off 47) formed the gist of Nile’s innings. 
Zephania Arinaitwe’s 28-run-a-ball, Richard Agamire (28 off 23) and Ivan Kakande’s (27* off 10) two sixes helped them set 263 for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 50 overs. 
Man-of-match Kakande’s left-arm spinners (4/12) sent Wanderers home early midway the 34th over.

While Kutchi Tigers relied on Nehal Bibodi’s 89-ball 52* to beat Tornado by in Kyambogo, third-placed KICC were left reeling after losing to Patidar Samaj by two runs in Entebbe.
Patidar captain Ankit Patel’s 36 off 56 helped them to set 123 in 29.3 overs but it is old boy Emmanuel Isaneez (4/39) whose pace blew away KICC ‘s clueless batsmen.

NATIONAL 50-OVER LEAGUE Weekend Results - Division One
Nile 263/6 Wanderers 103/10 
K. Tigers 162/10 Tornado 98/10
P. Samaj 123/10 KICC 121/10 
Division Two
Charity TF 264/7 SKLPS 124/10 
Division Three
Strikers 224/10 KC Budo 129/10.

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