AZIZ DAMANI, CHALLENGERS RENEW RIVALRY IN THE LEAGUE

A small matter of who wins the Division One title should be sorted this weekend at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.

Chahallengers know what is at stake for them and can’t afford to slip up. If they are to win the league they will need to do the dirty work themselves. Damani is yet to lose any game this season and if Challengers want to wrestle the title away Damani the simple maths is beat Damani.

Challengers are on top of the table and 14 points ahead of Damani but have played three more games than Damani who are in second place. The battle for the title is between the two sides and if Damani wins on Sunday they will have sealed their third title in a row. llengers are desperate to win the league while Damani wants to retain their title for the third time in a row.

Denis Musali | Kawowo Sports

Damani will be relying on their national team contingent that includes national team captain Brian Masaba, Riazat Shah, Bilal Hussun, Charles Waiswa, Henry Ssenyondo, Kenneth Waiswa, Fred Achellam, Roger Mukasa, and Frank Nsubuga to deliver a much-needed victory.

Challengers will look to Hamu Kayondo, Arthur Kyobe, Shahzad Kamal and national team vice-captain Arnold Otwani for inspiration.

The clash between the two best clubs in the country will take place on Sunday at the lakeside oval in Entebbe and hopefully, the weather will allow for great cricket to happen.

Prepared by : Denis Musali

Kenya itching to renew rivalry with old enemy Cricket Cranes

Thomas Odoyo, Kenya’s coach, says it will be ‘business as usual’ when he leads his star-studded side in a five-match Limited Overs Easter Series against the Cricket ‘Cranes starting tomorrow.

The Kenya Simbas jet into the country aboard RwandAir this evening and Odoyo says his men will be bustling when the sun comes out for their series opener against the hosts at Kyambogo Oval on Good Friday.

“We have answered our brothers’ call,” said Odoyo, in a telephone interview with this paper after his team’s workout at Ruaraka Oval in Nairobi. “Uganda have an important tournament coming up next month and they wanted a strong team that will give them good preparation.

“Everyone is in and they should expect a good contest. For us, it is going to be business as usual.”

Uganda CEO Justine Ligyalingi wrote to Cricket Kenya (CK) requesting them to retain the squad that played against Nepal in the ICC World Cricket League Championship matches last month. And CK have duly obliged with an aim of helping their ‘younger brother’ Uganda get ample preparation ahead of the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament which the latter will host next month (May 23-31).

The last time Kenya played Uganda in September, Uganda carried the day with a two-wicket win at the Nairobi Jaffrey’s Academy Oval in the same format (50 overs) that will be played over the entire series. The Cricket Cranes opposition for the two slots at stake, to earn promotion to the coveted Division II, include United States of America, Oman, Singapore, Canada and Malaysia.

Uganda have been quietly under-going non-residential training under the tutelage of Kenyan tactician Steve Tikolo at Lugogo and Kyambogo Oval, and will be itching to show their ‘old enemy and big brother’ that they are a much improved outfit from their last meeting.

TEAM KENYA
Nelson Odhiambo, Dhiren Gondaria, Pushpak Kerai (Kanbis), Shem Obado, Collins Obuya (Stray Lions), Nehemiah Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Alex Obanda (Swamibapa), Karan Kaul, Lucas Oluoch, RushabhVadrhan Patel (Nairobi Gymkhana), Gurdeep Singh (Nairobi Sikh Union) Eugene Ochieng (Kongonis) and Irfan Karim (unattached).

Coach: Thomas Odoyo Assistant Coach: Peter Ongondo Physio: Moses Ndungu Batting Coach: Maurice Odumbe

EASTER SERIES ITINERARY 
LIMITED OVERS (50) CONTESTS
Today: Kenya arrives
April 14: Match vs Kenya
April 15: Practice/Rest day
April 16: Match vs Kenya
April 17: Match vs Kenya
April 18: Practice/Rest day
April 19: Match vs Kenya
April 20: Match vs Kenya
April 21: Kenya departs

By INNOCENT NDAUWLA & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

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