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Seven Victoria Pearls players receive caps for 50+ games ahead of World Cup Qualifiers in Dubai


Seven Victoria Pearls players have achieved a significant milestone, earning their 50+ caps for Uganda ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in Dubai.

Among these accomplished players are Stephanie Nampiina and Evelyn Anyipo, each with 57 caps, Immaculate Nakisuyi with 59 caps, Kevin Awino 67 caps. Janet Mbabazi, Consy Aweko, and Rita Musamali have amassed 71, 73, and 77 caps respectively, marking their enduring commitment and experience in international cricket.

Janet Mbabazi (C), Immaculate Nakisuyi, Stephanie Nampiina, Kevin Awino, Consylate Aweko Nimungu, Rita Musamali and Evelyn Anyipo

Except for Evelyn Anyipo, who was part of the reserve 16-player squad, the remaining six players who received caps were integral members of the final 14 that represented Uganda during their debut at the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The Victoria Pearls now have their sights firmly set on the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh later this year.

They are leveraging the experience and skill of these seasoned players as they endeavor to secure a spot on the global stage through the Dubai qualifiers.

Captain Janet Mbabazi’s rallying cry to the team’s supporters underscores the importance of this journey, urging fans to stand behind them in their pursuit of World Cup qualification after their debut in the qualifiers six years ago.

The upcoming tournament in Dubai holds the promise of an exhilarating spectacle, with ten teams competing fiercely for the two coveted spots at the World Cup.

The event will feature power-hitting, suspenseful matches, and unexpected twists, making it a thrilling showcase of international women’s cricket.

The Victoria Pearls are prepared to carve out a new narrative in this competitive arena, particularly as they confront the challenge of day-night games—an unfamiliar scenario for the team.

Despite this, the captain radiates confidence in their abilities, pointing to recent standout performances by players like Rita Musamali and Stephanie Nampiina as evidence of their readiness to thrive under pressure and make their mark on the tournament.

Janet also believes that the return of Prosscovia Alako into the squad adds to the batting depth of the team.

Expectations are high as the Victoria Pearls prepare to face familiar opponents like Scotland and Thailand, reflecting on their previous encounters during the 2018 qualifiers.

Despite winning just one game against Thailand in the group stage, the team is determined to leverage lessons learned and demonstrate their growth on the international stage.

During today’s flag-off ceremony at Lugogo, State Minister for Education and Sports (Sports), Honorable Peter Ogwang, addressed the Victoria Pearls.

He encouraged the team not to dwell on their failure to win a medal at the African Games, emphasizing that the upcoming qualifiers offer a chance for redemption and renewed success.

Hon. Peter Ogwang handing over the flag to Janet Mbabazi the captian for the Victoria Pearls

Minister Ogwang also took a moment to commend the Soroti Cricket Academy for its significant role in nurturing talent for women’s cricket teams.

He concluded his speech by extending heartfelt wishes to the team for success in their upcoming endeavors.

Before the main event, the team will engage in two crucial warm-up matches, pitting their skills against Vanuatu on April 21st and the UAE on April 23rd.

These matches will serve as valuable preparation, fine-tuning their strategy and cohesion ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in Dubai.

The Victoria Pearls are primed for a spirited campaign, determined to seize their moment and leave a lasting mark on the global cricketing landscape.

Fixtures for the World Cup qualifiers

Victoria Pearls flagged off to Abu Dhabi for the T20 women’s World Cup Global Qualifiers

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