Press Release:

In the aftermath of the Victoria Pearls’ fourth-place finish at the International Cricket Council (ICC), Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Africa Qualifier in Gaborone – Botswana, the backend of the year continues to be a busy one for Uganda. The baton to ensure that Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) continues making positive strides not only on the continental but also international front will this week be handed over to the National Boys Under-19 Team.

The Baby Cricket Cranes fly out to the Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday, September 27th for the ICC U-19 World Cup Africa Region Qualifier scheduled for September 28th to October 7th. The goal here is to emerge champions in the 50-over format tourney and notch the single continental slot to the 2022 U19 World Cup in the West Indies. 

Uganda, who have been to two U19 World Cups in 2004 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and 2006 (Colombo, Sri Lanka), will be hoping to make it third time lucky when they take on Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and hosts Rwanda in the five-nation round-robin event that will be played at beautiful Gahanga International Cricket Stadium and newly renovated Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) located in Kicukiro – Kigali. 

Uganda’s build-up to the event has been worthwhile with UCA ensuring the team is catered for at all preparation bases. A squad of 26 started training in April under the guidance of coach Ivan Thawithemwira and his assistant Robinson Turinawe. The squad was trimmed down to 20 players after the 42-day lockdown to focus on individual skills, game management, and enhance team bonding. They have spent the last two weeks in a Bio-Secure Bubble at Hawaii Resort in Entebbe as per the requirement in the New Normal.

Earlier this month, the Baby Cricket Cranes showed glimpses of what they can do at the competitive stage against Kaduna State despite losing all the three 50-over matches and one T20 encounter. Captain Pascal Murungi, Juma Miyagi, and vice-captain all-rounder Ismail Munir are the three survivors from the last U-19 campaign in Namibia 2019. Uganda starts their campaign against Namibia in a battle of pre-tournament favorites – victory for either side will put them in the driver’s seat to qualify for West Indies.


The Players: 1. Pascal Murungi (Captain), 2. Juma Miyagi, 3. Brian Asaba, 4. Cyrus Kakuru, 5. Ronald Omara, 6. Ronald Lutaaya, 7. Joseph Baguma, 8. Christopher Kidega, 9. Matthew Musinguzi, 10. Ismail Munir (Vice-Captain), 11. Ackram Nsubuga, 12. Pius Oloka, 14. Isaac Sanyu Ategeka. Officials: Ivan Thawithemwira (Head Coach), Robinson Turinawe (Assistant Coach), Habib Kulusum Anguyo (Physiotherapist), Sylvester Rokani (Team Manager). 


Thursday, September 30th:            Uganda vs. Namibia – IPRC Kigali

Sunday, October 3rd:                      Uganda vs. Rwanda – Gahanga Stadium

Monday, October 4th:                      Uganda vs. Nigeria – Gahanga Stadium

Wednesday, October 6th:               Uganda vs. Tanzania – IPRC Kigali

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