Youngster Malisa Ariokot is motivated to better her performance after earning her senior national team debut as Uganda beat Botswana by 29 runs at the opening game of the Kwibuka Women’s tournament in Kigali, Rwanda.
The 16 year old all rounder became the 34th player to feature for the Victoria Pearls in T20I.
Despite bowler Irene Alumo and batsman Rita Musamali starring for the Victoria Pearls, Masila appeared to be a good fit into the side contributing on the runs and helping in the limiting of Botswana’s runs.
Before the game, Malisa, 16 was Congratulated by her teammates upon her debut, given more encouragement and first cap through the Victoria Pearls assistant Captain Janet Mbabazi;
“I am very proud of you and so happy that you worked so hard and made it here with us.” she said
“So we all walk in together as the Victoria Pearls I just want you to remember to always be humble and know that you are carrying the hope of your teammates and the little girls in Soroti” she added
“Play with confidence, believe in your abilities and have a lot of fun. You going to have a lot of challenges and grow but still will to inspire Lorna to become a better person and we all here to help you.” She concluded
We had a chat with an extremely happy Malisa after all of the day happenings and said she is going to improve on her batting;
“I am so happy to be on the national team, today we played against Botswana and won it something that gets me happier” she said
“Well despite us winning, I feel I didn’t play to my best, so tomorrow as we play against Rwanda, if given a chance I will have to improve on my batting” she concluded
The Victoria Pearls will return to action against the hosts Rwanda in their second game at the tournament on Sunday afternoon at the IPRC grounds- Kigali, Rwanda.