The Uganda National Ludo team, Uganda Doves, are set for Nepal ahead of the ILF-2022 World Ludo Championships from the 28th to 30th November.
The team will fly out of the country on Saturday 26th November to Nepal where they will play the group stages and later connect to Dubai for the Semifinals and finals on 30th November if they progress past the groups.
Uganda Doves missed a great opportunity to defend the Africa Ludo Championship for failure to travel to South Africa for the 2022 tournament due to lack of funding from government and were fined a sum of 3000 US dollars by the Africa Ludo Federation.
For the World Ludo Championship, government through National Council of Sports(NCS) have this time extended financial support to the Uganda Doves team with a funding of up to Sh70m.
Ivan Mugowa, on behalf of NCS, said: “As National Council of Sports, we would wish to congratulate the Uganda Doves team that has been able to make it to the World Championships. We would have wished to have a huge contingent representing us but were cut short by the fundings and we officially flag off a team of nine people that is going to represent us out there.”
“We have managed to extend support with a funding of 70 million Uganda shillings to the Uganda Ludo Federation and we wish the team best of luck in the Nepal and Dubai.”
The Uganda Ludo Federation president Hussein Kalule has appreciated the support from government and promised Ugandans to come back victorious as they make their debut appearance in the world championships.
“We missed the Africa Championships in South Africa as we lacked funds but this time we appreciate the government as they have come out to support is as we head out in our first world championships,” Lule said.
“We had a huge squad but due to funding we had to drop some members, we are ready to represent the nation as one of Africa’s top performers in Ludo.
“It’s our first time on the World Championships but we are going out there to show the world how much we understand the game of Ludo and out targets are all set on coming out of the group stages.”
Ugand is pitted in group A alongside Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. The other representative of Africa is South Africa and they are in group B with Bangladesh, Norway and Spain.
Group C has India, Nepal, Brazil and Thailand, the group winners will progress to the Semifinals of the tournament and will be joined by one best loser with better results.
A contingent of nine members will represent Uganda at the World Ludo Championship with five players, three officials and the ULF president Hussein Kalule who serves as the vice President on international level.
Uganda Ludo Team:
Players – Nagadya Beth, Matovu Huzaifa, Mulondo Jimmy, Mubiru Emmanuel, Mayanja Henry
Officials – Lubega Vicent, Mukasa Micheal, Ssebanenya George, Hussein Kalule