Uganda’s U19 Boys Cricket team, the Baby Cricket Cranes, have been flagged off to Windhoek, Namibia.
The team is set to take part in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa U-19 World Cup Qualifier (Div. I).
The boys will be in pursuit to secure a lone ticket to the World Cup due in South Africa next year.
The tournament is scheduled to take place from March 15-24 in Windhoek, Namibia. The winner of the six-nation showpiece will secure the ticket to Rainbow Nation.
The team’s captain Frank Akankwasa and vice-captain Zephaniah Arinaitwe spent five weeks at the ICC High Performance Centre in Potchefstroom, South Africa harnessing their skills whereas coach Jackson Ogwang had a rare opportunity of touring with six others to the Sanjay Farm in Chikhli, South Gujarat for a 21-day boot camp.
“We want to do well and become the third ever Uganda U-19 side to qualify for the World Cup,” Akankwasa said while hinting on the 2004 and 2006 sides that took part in the Bangladesh and Sri Lanka editions.
“We want to make our country proud. We have talent but we must execute now.”
National Council of Sports have supported this particular cause as they offered UCA – Uganda Shillings 25 Million – to help with the teams preparation and other logistics during the tournament.
2019 ICC AFRICA WORLD CUP U-19 QUALIFIER IN NAMIBIA
Sunday, March 17 10.30am
Namibia vs. Nigeria, Wanderers Cricket Ground
Kenya vs. Uganda, Windhoek Affies Park
Sierra Leone vs. Tanzania, United Ground
Monday, March 18 10.30am
Uganda vs. Sierra Leone, Wanderers Cricket Ground
Tanzania vs. Namibia, Windhoek Affies Park
Nigeria vs. Kenya, United Ground
Wednesday, March 20 10.30am
Kenya vs. Tanzania, Wanderers Cricket Ground
Nigeria vs. Uganda, Windhoek Affies Park
Namibia vs. Sierra Leone, United Ground
Thursday March 21 10.30am
Tanzania vs. Nigeria, Wanderers Cricket Ground
Sierra Leone vs. Kenya, Windhoek Affies Park
Uganda vs. Namibia, United Ground
Saturday, March 23 10.30am
Kenya vs. Namibia, Wanderers Cricket Ground
Nigeria vs. Sierra Leone, Windhoek Affies Park
Uganda vs. Tanzania, United Ground
THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS:
Kenya, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.
BABY CR ICKET CRANES TEAM FOR ICC AFRICA U-19 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
- Frank Akankwasa (captain) 2. Zephaniah Arinaitwe (vice captain) 3. John Gabula 4. Ronald Opio 5. Simon Oketcho 6. Juma Miyagi 7. Munir Ismail 8. Pascal Murungi. 9. Trevor Bukenya 10. Edwin Nuwgaba 11. Ashraf Senkubuge 12. Ramathan Ochimi 13. Perry Wazombe 14. Ronald Opio
Cyrus Kakuru, Robert Ajuna
Coach: Jackson Ogwang Oyuku. Assistant Coach: Lawrence Ssematimba
Data/Video Analyst: Alvin Bagaya Mboijana Physiotherapist: Habiba Kulsum Anguyo
Media Manager: Denis Musali Team Manager & Head of Delegation: Sylvester Rokani