Lady Cricket Cranes coach Michael Grace Ndiko is confident about his team’s chances at the Genocide Memorial tournament set on Kigali, Rwanda.
Ndiko, during the team’s flag off held on Friday morning at Lugogo, said that his team will perform well and in good conditions to lift this year’s trophy.
“We have had enough preparations and am confident that my girls are in good shape to compete,” Ndiko told journalists.
“Kenya pulled out of the tournament meaning the pressure is less on us, though it doesn’t mean that the rest of the teams are easy to go by ,but we are expecting to go ahead to lift the trophy because we have a strong team.”
“The fact that this year’s edition is not just a memorial tournament as it has been for last 6 years but it’s now going to be taken as ranking tournament, it will act as an extra motivation.”
Uganda will compete with Mali, Tanzania and hosts Rwanda in a tourney that starts on 16th – 23rd June.
Captain Rita Musamali and assistant Immaculate Nakisuyi are some of the experienced to boost a couple of youngsters from the schools cricket week.
“The strength will mainly be from the experience of our batting and also the combination of bowling strength of the different girls on the team,” he added.
The team of 14 players and four officials lnclude coach Ndiko, assistant coach Ivan Kakande, team manager Louiza Nabirwala and team doctor Habiba Kulusum Anguyo are expecting to land in Rwanda on Sunday evening.
The team is looking forward to win the 7th edition of this tournament and to become 3rd time champions after winning the 2014 and 2016 championship.