Where does spotted talent go after impressing at high school level? It is one big question that many sports federations have failed to answer, most especially the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA).
A dismal display by the Cricket Cranes at January’s ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand was an eye- opener for UCA to return to grass root level.
And following April’s Girls Schools’ Cricket Week tournament won by Jinja SS, UCA has gone ahead to reward the players who excelled by sending them to Kigali for the four-day Kwibika Cricket for Peace Women’s tournament.
“It’s not only a small token to the girls but we want to keep them interested in the sport,” UCA women’s development officer Franklyn Najjumba, who led the delegation last evening, told Daily Monitor shortly after being flagged off for a series of matches between Rwandan Select sides.
“Some of these girls dream of the ICC 2015 Women’s World Cup and this trip is a stepping stone to their ambitions,” she added.
Fourteen players led by Jinja SS’ Racheal Ntono will play five Twenty20 games at the Kicukiri grounds until Sunday under the guise of national team all-rounder Flavia Laker.
The girls’ get action under way this evening.
Damalie Busingye (Jinja SSS), Sadic Shakira (Kololo SSS), Kevin Awino (Jinja SSS), Regius Tumusiime (Gayaza HS), Dorothy Losike (Gayaza HS), Hope Wanichan (Kololo SS), Evelyn Anyipo (Olila HS), Racheal Ntono (Jinja SS), Prico Nakitende (Jinja SS), Nakadama Veronika (St James SS), Florence Basemera (Nyakasura), Carolyn Marunga (Nyakasura), Shamim Kyakyo (Kilembe SS), Saidat Kemigisha (Kololo SS)
Coach: Flavia Laker
Manager: Edith Ndoleriire (Nyakasura School)
Head of delegation: Franklyn Najjumba