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Immaculate Nandera: Youngster set for debut with Victoria Pearls

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Immaculate Nandera, a young girl from Nakatunya in Soroti, a student at Olila High School in her senior three, received her first call to represent Uganda on the senior women’s team, the Victoria Pearls.

The team is heading to India for a 12-day training camp in Omtex Saphale, and the 16-year-old has made it to the final 15-player squad.

As a left-handed medium-pace bowling all-rounder, Immaculate played a crucial role in helping Olila High School win the girls’ Schools Cricket week last year at St. Mary’s Girls Madera.

Additionally, she contributed to Olila Cricket Club’s runner-up finish in the UCA Women’s T20 national league.

Hailing from Soroti Cricket Academy, Immaculate has been actively involved in domestic games, participating in a total of 79 matches, scoring 319 runs, and taking 54 wickets from 52 innings, with 29 wickets bowled.

This is not Immaculate’s first international call-up; she previously represented Uganda in the ICC Under-19 Women’s World Cup qualifiers in Botswana in 2022. She played all five games for the Uganda Under-19 team during the tournament.

Immaculate Nandera, in a conversation with the media, shared her enthusiasm for the opportunity and expressed her readiness to compete for her position on the team. She emphasized that she does not take this call-up for granted.

Speaking with Janet Mbabazi, a senior player and vice-captain of the Victoria Pearls team, she expressed her delight at Immaculate joining the team. She sees the tour as a valuable opportunity for Immaculate to showcase her talents and seamlessly integrate into the team dynamics.

Lorna Anyait, another 16-year-old teammate of Immaculate, shared her excitement about Immaculate joining the team and pledged to offer her support as she adapts to her new environment.

The Chairman of Soroti Cricket Academy, where Immaculate Nandera originates, conveyed his happiness at seeing another academy member progress to the senior team. This transition marks a significant achievement for the academy and underscores their commitment to nurturing talent at a grassroots level.

In early January, three players received their first national team call-up: Naome Amongin, Kevin Amuge, and Immaculate Nandera, all from Soroti Cricket Academy.

However, it is clear that Nandera’s consistent progress and impressive performance have earned her a spot on the national team as they prepare to travel to India.

The Victoria Pearls embark on a 12-day training camp at ICWC Omtex Academy to prepare for the All Africa Games in Ghana and T20 Global World Cup Qualifiers in Dubai.

Fifteen players were chosen for the training tour, including new additions to the successful December qualifiers team.

The girls during training at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

Proscovia Alako, Patricia Malemikia, and Irene Alumo did not make the cut, while Sarah Walaza, Gloria Obukor, Phiona Khulume, and Immaculate Nandera join the squad. This marks Nandera’s debut for the senior national team.

Coach Lawrence Ssematimba aims to enhance batting techniques for improved performance.

Head coach Lawrence Ssematimba and Immaculate Nandera.

The camp schedule includes practice sessions and T20 matches against Zimbabwe.

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