Baby Cricket Cranes Eye Positive Start At U19 World Cup Qualifiers

Thursday, September 30
*Rwanda Vs Tanzania – 10:30am
*Namibia Vs Uganda – 10:30am

Uganda’s U19 Boys Cricket Team, the Baby Cricket Cranes, will be seeking to get off the mark when they face off with their Namibian counterparts in the ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier Africa Region match at IPRC stadium in Kigali.

Uganda will then face hosts Rwanda on October 3rd, Defending champions Nigeria the following day before ending the campaign with neighbours Tanzania on October 6 at the eight-day tournament.

The overall winner of the round robin 50-over event will represent Africa at next year’s ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup that will be hosted by the West Indies.

Two other African countries – South Africa and Zimbabwe – qualified automatically as two of the top eleven teams from last year’s tournament.

Captain photo shoots (photo via UCA)

Uganda will be hoping to return at a World Cup event for a third time having featured in 2004 (Bangladesh) and 2006 (Sri Lanka).

However, against Namibia, they face an experienced nation that finished runners up in last edition’s qualifiers and have also won it a record six times.

The Baby Cricket Cranes, lost all their three games against Kaduna State (from Nigeria) in preparations for the event this month.

Namibia boys U19 team has enjoyed some success against Uganda. They beat the side in March 2019 and May 2013 in these qualifiers and also in August 2007 during Africa U19 championships.

Pascal Murungi will captain team Uganda under the watchful eye of coach Ivan Thawithemwira.

Namibia, who will be captained by Jack Parker, missed out on a place in 2020 after representing Africa at two consecutive (2016, 2018) World Cups.

The Baby Cricket Cranes passed Covid19 tests

The Squads:

Uganda Pascal Murungi (Captain), Juma Miyagi, Brian Asaba, Cyrus Kakuru, Ronald Omara, Ronald Lutaaya, Joseph Baguma, Christopher Kidega, Matthew Musinguzi, Ismail Munir (Vice-Captain), Ackram Nsubuga, Pius Oloka, Isaac Sanyu Ategeka.

Namibia – Jack Parker (Captain), Gerhard Janse, JC Balt, Ryan Moffet, Alex Volschenk, Ramon Wilmot, Dylan Leicher, William Lottering, Dirkie Theunissen, Louis Peters, Renier Bosman, Jan Hendrick Potgeiter, JW Visagie, Luhendro De Waal

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

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Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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