THE national U-19 cricket team travels to South Africa tomorrow to prepare for the International Cricket Council (ICC) 2004 World Cup qualifiers in Windhoek, Namibia.
The Ugandan juniors will have several trial matches in South Africa, ideal preparation for the big task ahead. The team has been in training under the guidance of ICC East African development officer Tom Tikolo.
ICC high performance officer Bob Woolmer, also gave the team some tips.
Fourteen players will make the trip. Below are the team profiles.
Clive Kyangungu (18)
The Ntare student is a reliable all-rounder, whose leadership qualities have earned him the U-19 captaincy.
Kyangungu attended a one-week spinners academy in Zimbabwe last year. His ability to communicate and ensure morale on the pitch is an asset needed in Namibia. Plays for Nile CC.
Patrick Ochan (16)
He is undoubtedly Ugandaâ€™s fastest young bowler.
Ochan was a match-winner at the recent Coca-Cola national schools cricket championships where he led his school Kololo High to fourth position.
The Tornado CC player has represented the country at various ICC age group championships.
Ronald Semanda (15)
The baby of the team and renowned multi-talented youngster has devoted more of his time to playing cricket.
A brilliant batsman. He was on the U-15 team in Dar es Salaam 2001, U-17 in Nairobi 2002 and the U-17 in Kampala last April.
Raymond Otim (17)
Possibly the best fielder in the country, Otim has also turned into an aggressive batsman and an orthodox spin bowler. Plays for Tornado CC.
Arthur Kyobe (16)
The teamâ€™s wonder-boy. Strangely, he bats with the left hand, and bowls with the right
Voted best batsman in the just concluded schools championships. Plays for Maruti.
Fred Isabirye (19)
A product of Jinja cricket, he has been carefully groomed as the squadâ€™s main bowling weapon because of his consistency with the ball. Plays for Castle Development XI.
Michael Kintu (18)
Key opening batsman and wicket keeper. Plays for Patidar CC.
Hamza Saleh (17)
Saleh is a reliable all-rounder with the right temperament.
He led Uganda to victory over Kenya in the 2001 final and remains the teamâ€™s leading run scorer.
Davis Arinaitwe (17)
Right-hand upper order batsman and probably the best spin bowler on the squad. Still at Busoga College Mwiri.
Charles Waiswa (16)
Left-arm late order batsman who was outstanding for Jinja SSS in the national schools championships. He turns out for Tornado CC.
Emmanuel Issanez (17)
He is an all- rounder and an explosive seamer.
Issanez was crowned man-of-series in the just concluded Coca-Cola schools cricket championships.
Jimmy Okello (17)
Okello is another fast bowler and an accomplished right-hand batsman.
Martin Ondeko (18)
He is a genuine spinner who can produce sharp turns and a bounce. Not an explosive player as such but has attracted selectors because of his approach to the game.
Daniel Ruyange (17)
An extraordinary talent who has taken a break from tennis. A genuine quick bowler who easily swings the ball.
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