By Norman Katende
NATIONAL cricket coach Johan Rudolph has singled out batting as a key area where Ugandan players need to improve.
The Namibian was reacting to Rwenzori Warriors 92-run victory over Nile Knights in the East Africa Cup final in Nairobi on Sunday.
The Warriors were spurred by Ham Kayondo with a match best 67 runs.
Elsewhere, the Knights went into the final, an all-Ugandan affair, with Arthur Kyobe at an average of 61.3 runs.
Rudolph is concerned that only Kyobe and Kayondo averaged over 50 runs in the entire tournament while their colleagues were below the 20 mark.
“We have to do something fast. We need to see to it that we can get more names, about four, that can also reach this average or at least 40 runs,” Rudolph who took over as national coach this year said.
He was happy that the spin attack was good but noted that without solid batting, there would be little im¬pact by Uganda on the international stage
“We need that improvement. This is what we are going to concentrate on in future,” he added.
Uganda’s team captain Davis Karashani and the domestic game’s chief executive officer Justine Ligyalingi have send con-gratulatory messages to former national player Kenneth Kamyuka who was named on Canada’s team recently.
“Congratulations for making it to Canada’s national team and wish you all the best,” said Ligyalingi in a statement.
Kamyuka joined Henry Osinde, who has been on the team for over five years. The two inspirational players have been living in Canada for a couple of years.