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Cricket Cranes set to defend Africa Cup title in South Africa

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The Cricket Cranes are poised to defend their title in the highly anticipated second edition of the Africa Cup, set to take place in South Africa.

Cricket Cranes after winning the ingural Africa Cup in 2022.

Originally slated for September, the event was rescheduled to accommodate the recently concluded T20 Qualifiers in Namibia.

Uganda’s soaring success in the qualifiers, securing a slot in the upcoming World Cup, has generated immense excitement and anticipation.

This tournament stands as one of the pivotal events leading up to the World Cup, offering the Cricket Cranes a crucial platform to fine-tune their skills and prepare for the grand stage.

Organized by the Africa Cricket Association, this event unites teams from across the continent, beginning with qualification rounds in various regions and culminating in a captivating finale where top sides vie for the prestigious title.

Having clinched a direct entry to the finals due to their triumphant victory over Tanzania last year, Uganda enters as defending champions, buoyed by their impressive eight-wicket win in a gripping final.

The final squad of 14 players for this upcoming tournament reflects a single change from the historic lineup that made waves in Namibia, with David Wabwire not joining the team.

Brian Masaba continues to lead the squad, showcasing consistency and confidence in the team’s leadership.

Set in Benoni Johannesburg, the tournament awaits the final qualifiers to determine Uganda’s opponents, heightening the anticipation among players and fans alike.

The team received an honorary flag-off from Mr. Oluga Joseph and Mrs. Chelangati Sarah, both from the National Council of Sports.

Mr. Oluga, the assistant General Secretary at the National Council of Sports, expressed his congratulations to the team for their exceptional performance in the previous qualifiers and emphasized the key pillars for success: team solidarity, teamwork, discipline, and nationalism.

The CEO of Uganda Cricket Association expressed pride in the team, referring to the Cricket Cranes as a significant asset. Both Captain Brian Masaba and Coach Ogwang Jackson conveyed their confidence in maintaining the team’s form, highlighting their well-configured squad without injuries, affirming their determination to bring glory back home.

This tournament not only signifies a chance to defend their title but also serves as a significant milestone in Uganda’s cricketing journey towards the World Cup, offering valuable experience and exposure to the team.

Full Team Roster

Brian Masaba (Captain), Roger Mukasa, Simon Ssesazi, Robinson Obuya, Riazat Ali Shah, Dinesh Nakrani, Frank Nsubuga, Alpesh Ramjani, Kenneth Waiswa, Ronak Patel, Kakuru Cyrus, Henry Ssenyondo, Bilal Hassun, Jonathan Ssebanja

Team Officials

Jackson Ogwang – Head Coach
Tusiime Steve – Team Analyst
Shamim Nassali – Physiotherapist
Malinga Marion – Media Attache
Charles Waiswa – Team Manager

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