Brian Masaba: Cricket Cranes Captain On New Coach, Life In Lockdown

Uganda Cricket Cranes Captain Brian Masaba says that he is excited and cannot wait to work with new coach Lawrence Mahatlane.

Mahatlane, the South African coach, was appointed by Uganda Cricket Association on a three-year deal.

The coach replaces Kenyan Steven Tikolo who joined Tanzania. Davis Turinawe held the position of Cranes coach on an interim basis since Tikolo’s departure in January.

“Pretty excited,” Masaba told this website. “He comes with a hugely impressive record with the South Africa U19 side. His player development skills will certainly serve Ugandan cricket well.”

Brian Masaba. Peter Lim/ICC

Masaba also revealed that he has not had a formal talk with Mahatlane who is expected to jet into the country when the lockdown is lifted.

“We have had just preliminary introductions so far but I am looking forward to further interactions in the coming days, now that he has been confirmed as Coach.”

Masaba who succeeded Roger Mukasa as the new captain, says that the ongoing lockdown has been tough on players but urged them to try and remain fit.

The Cricket Cranes. Courtesy

“It’s been especially tough on players. Not being able to train as a team or access facilities and gyms. It comes down to the players to find a way to keep fit and keep the mind engaged with cricket knowledge and material.

“The lessons going forward are to improve ourselves as sportsmen. Learn a new skill. Expand your knowledge. It can help when situations like this come around. But also,keep yourself mentally and physically ready for when sports can resume.”

Sports in Uganda has been banned since mid March because of the Covid19 pandemic, and the World Cricket Challenge league group B second round leg that that was set to be held in Kampala was postponed.



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