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Team profile: Uganda

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 7:32 AM


Team profile: Uganda
Team Uganda makes a lap of honour in 2011
There will be no room for error as Uganda; the defending champion of the Pepsi ICC Africa Division one opens its defence against star studded Kenya at Kyambogo Oval on the opening day.

Coaches Martin Suji and Steve Tikolo will want their charges to use home advantage and stamp their authority on the week long showpiece. The stakes are high for the Uganda team who would once again like to qualify for the ICC World Twenty120 Qualifier after the last campaign ended in a disaster.

The team has had good preparations going into the tournament including a tour to the United Arab Emirates in January 2013. Uganda will have its hopes in hard hitting Roger Mukasa who is capable of destroying any bowling attack when he gets going. He proved this in the last tournament where he was very influential in Uganda's lifting of the Division One trophy in 2011. He will be ably assisted by his two brothers Laurence Sematimba and Frank Nsubuga who have proved in recent times that they are forces to reckon with.

Coupled with their vast experience, they will play a key role in ensuring that Uganda is triumphant.

The bowling attack will be led by Charles Waiswa who will hope that the conditions favor his sharp in swings that have caused mayhem to many teams in the past. He will be ably assisted by new kid on the block Brian Masaba commonly known as "Massy". Brian a former Uganda under-19 captain made his senior debut in the same tournament in 2011, where he greatly impressed and became a darling of the crowds.

He has since matured and established himself as a death bowler for the Country.

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