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Jonathan Kizza Buoyant, UCA Reveal Elite League Prize Money

Bowler Jonathan Kizza is excited and positive ahead of the Uganda Cricket Association’s Elite League that starts this Sunday at the Lugogo oval.

Kizza says that it’s “tough” going into the tourney after being sidelined for seven months due to Covid19 pandemic.

The Africa Cricket Club youngster who debuted for Cricket Cranes in the Indian tour earlier this year, will feature for Royal Varsani Bucks in the Elite League.

“It’s a tough call coming into the elite league having been seven months under lockdown,” Kizza told The-SportsNation.

“With my teammates putting in the hard work, I strongly believe we shall be able to do what we do best. The key is not the will to win because every other team got that in mind but it’s the will to prepare to win that’s important. Hope we get to achieve what we been working on all along putting God first upfront.”

The Elite League comes after Uganda Cricket canceled the National League due to the pandemic.

Despite being inactive in the past months, Kizza says that he is ready to rumble.

“I would say the lockdown has been 50/50 not bad, not so good, but I have been able to keep fit, having one-on-one sessions with my coach Ogwang Jackson, and with six months down the lane, I would rate my fitness at 100% and ready to dive into the league.

“To be honest I had low expectations of getting back on the field as Covid19 had really become Covid19.

“The elite league I think is bound to challenge my skill set but more of the mind game and I think it was a good idea coming up with this league because I get to exercise what I have been working on all along which brings in my ‘how do I apply what I have learnt during the six months off field’?? Game 1 will say it all.”

All Set For Elite T20 League;

The UCA Elite League will be the first of its kind but there will be no fans to attend the games due to Government restrictions on Sports Resumption.

The tournament will have three teams and played on the T20 basis with two games played per day for six days and a final game on the last day.

UCA has confirmed receiving a greenlight from National Council of Sports to hold the tournament “as long as we observe the health guidelines.”

The players had their mandatory Covid-19 tests done on 22nd October in Lugogo before they are all put in a bubble.

The three franchise teams are Royal Varsani BUCKS, MAMBA Challengers and Aziz Damani SCORPIONS.

What Is stake?

PEPSI boosted the tourney when they came on board as the official supplier of soft drinks for the tournament with an offer of t-shirts, 80 cartoons of water and 16 crates of soda.

Karveli Restaurant has offered 15 food vouchers for every fan who will be following the tournament online, UCA has revealed.

Hisense has offered 15 mobile phones to be awarded to the winning team.

UCA have offered Sh3m for the winning team while the Man of Series will take home Sh500,000.

All players in the tournament will take home a stipend from Uganda Cricket as a daily allowance to each one of them.

How To Follow?
All the 13 games will have a live stream on the Cricket Uganda YouTube Channel.

Fixture

*Sunday, October 25

  • Mamba Challengers Vs Royal Varsani Bucks
  • Royal Varsani Bucks Vs Aziz Damani Scorpions

*Monday, October 26

  • Mamba Challengers Vs Royal Varsani Bucks
  • Aziz Damani Scorpions Vs Mamba Challengers

*Tuesday, October 27

  • Aziz Damani Scorpions Vs Royal Varsani Bucks
  • Mamba Challengers Vs Aziz Damani Scorpions

*Wednesday, October 28

  • Royal Varsani Bucks Vs Aziz Damani Scorpions
  • Mamba Challengers Vs Royal Varsani Bucks

*Thursday, October 28

  • Aziz Damani Scorpions Vs Metro Challengers
  • Mamba Challengers Vs Royal Varsani Bucks

Friday, October 30

  • Mamba Challengers Vs Aziz Damani Scorpions
  • Aziz Damani Scorpions Vs Royal Varsani Bucks

*Saturday, October 31
– Final (afternoon)

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