The Uganda Cricket Association commemorated this year’s International Day for People with Disabilities (IDPD) with two matches which was attended by National Youth MP Phiona Nyamutoro, Lord Councillor Allan Mwesige, UCA CEO Martin Ondeko, Cricket Cranes players and the media.
The matches that were played at Lugogo Cricket Ground on Friday 3rd December were contested between Team Aces and Team Beasts before Media XI faced off with PWDs XI.
Team Beasts 52/1 beat Team Aces 51/7 by 9 wickets.
Team Aces lost the toss and were told to bat first managing 51 runs in 10 overs for the fall of seven wickets.
Team Beasts captain Ali Waqar was named the player of the match after scoring 34 runs off 14 balls and picked 2 wickets taking the match honours with a 9-wicket win.
The main match of the day between Media XI and PWDs XI ended in a draw after Media XI managed 62/5 and PWDs XI 62/4.
Captain Ramathan Kakooza (Vision Group) of Media XI made 62 runs in the allotted 8 overs.
The day ended with peace making as the teams cut a cake to celebrate the day under the theme “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world.”
Phiona Nyamutoro Wants the Game to Develop and Spread Countrywide
National Female Youth MP Phiona Nyamutoro has promised to publicise Cricket and lobby government funding in a quest to develop and promote the sport across the country.
The legislator made these remarks after attending Cricket games at Lugogo Cricket oval.
“I would love to see this beautiful game played in Nebbi and Kapchorwa because we can get natural athletes from those places,” she stated.
“This game has recently been making positive strides on the international scene so if it is taught to many others we will be able to assemble stronger National teams and forthwith nurture global stars.”
Nyamutoro says that sports doesn’t have political affiliation and wants the People with Disabilities involved and well facilitated
“Sports is our unifying factor and I am going to spearhead the struggle to ensure Cricket is funded like other sports and that the PWDs are also well facilitated”.
Nyamutoro went on to hand over medals to Winners Team Beasts and a trophy and silver medals to first runners up Team Aces who lost to Team Beasts by 9 wickets.
In his speech Allan Mwesige, the Kampala Lord Councillor, was full of praise for the PWDs and urged the Uganda Cricket Association to plan for them in order to develop their talents as disability is not inability.
“Greetings from KCCA, this re emphasizes the notion that disability is not inability” he said.
“Look at the skills you have exhibited here you are very talented and I urge you to continue working on your skills to improve and become good players”.
“I know UCA is planning many things for you and we shall support from our side as we always do in whichever way we can at the appropriate time.”