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Victoria Pearls take preparations to ICWC Omtex Academy in India

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The Victoria Pearls travel to the ICWC Omtex Academy in India for a 12 day training camp as they prepare for the All Africa Games in Ghana and T20 Global World Cup Qualifiers in Dubai.

The training tour will run from Feb 21st – March 3rd.

A team of 15 players was selected for the training tour with some new additions to the side that was successful in December during the qualifiers.

Proscovia Alako, Patricia Malemikia and Irene Alumo miss out while Sarah Walaza, Gloria Obukor, Phiona Khulume and Immaculate Nandera making the cut.

Nandera will be making her maiden appearance for the senior national team.

The Victoria Pearls will be chasing a World Cup slot at the Global T20 World Cup Qualifiers in April – Dubai.

Uganda is in the same group as Sri Lanka, USA, Thailand and Scotland, the top two sides will qualify the semifinals with the sides that make it to the finals earning the two available slots to the T20 Women’s World Cup in Bangladesh later in the year.

The Victoria Pearls will also be chasing gold at the All Africa Games in Ghana from March 5th – 13th .

Cricket will be featuring at the games for the 1st time, Uganda is in Group B alongside Kenya, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.

“The camp in India is helping us prepare for two in one events, immediately we return from India shall we connect to Ghana for the All Africa Games and thereafter the T20 Global Qualifiers in Dubai.” Ssematimba said

Victoria Pearls head coach Lawrence Ssematimba.

Adding that, “We struggled with our batting in December during the qualifiers and that has been our main focus as a group, we hope to use the experience in India to work on the players techniques to make sure we start to be confident in our batting.”

“The players have the ability but the application has been missing and once we get this sorted we should be able to push for the Gold medal at the All Africa Games and a World Cup place at the qualifiers in Dubai” Head Coach Lawrence Ssematimba.

The traveling Team

Consy Aweko (Captain), Janet Mbabazi, Kevin Awino, Immaculate Nakisuyi, Rita Musamali, Stephanie Nampiina, Evelyn Anyipo, Sarah Akiteng, Marisa Ariokot, Lorna Anyait, Phiona Khulume, Gloria Obukor, Sarah Walaza, Esther Iloku, Immaculate Nandera

Officials

Lawrence Ssematimba (Head Coach), Deusdedit Muhumuza (Assistant Coach), Imam Tugume (Physiotherapist), Richard Okia (Team Analyst), Mary Nankinga (Team Manager).

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