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UGU keen on more friendlies for national team

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 7th June 2016 11:50 AM

Apart from the friendlies, UGU president Johnson Omolo also wants an improvement on the upcountry courses from which majority of the national team players hail from.

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Uganda Golf Union president Johnson Omolo wants an improvement on golf courses. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

Apart from the friendlies, UGU president Johnson Omolo also wants an improvement on the upcountry courses from which majority of the national team players hail from.

The Uganda Golf Union is exploring possibilities of another friendly against South Africa after the national team exploits against Kenya in the inaugural edition of the Victoria Cup.

The Ugandans, fielding an almost entire new team lost to Kenya 13.5-12.5; and it is from such a wonderful show that the union is searching for more opportunities to expose the team so that they can be able to improve further.

Apart from the friendlies, UGU president Johnson Omolo also wants an improvement on the upcountry courses from which majority of the national team players hail from.

“We now need to focus our energy to improve the conditions of upcountry golf courses. The bulk of the national team is from upcountry golf clubs whose conditions are below par; we are going to identify individuals from specific regions especially those who migrated to Buganda and other regions and remind them not to abandon their homes,” Omolo said.

“They should contribute minimal resources to help their home clubs; they are famous people who are easily identifiable and are known among the golfing fraternity,” Omolo remarked before stating that the national team will continue to be picked on merit through qualifiers.

“The future is bright, rookies we given a chance and they excelled. The team played well beyond our expectations,”
“Two miracles helped Kenya win with a hole in one on hole 13 by John Lejima and a heart breaking pin seeking shot on hole 18 by Kenya’s captain Bo Ciero for a tap in birdie with the match having been all square and a Uganda player on the edge of the par 5 green for 2,” Omolo noted.

He said Uganda will host next year’s Victoria Cup and that the UGU was closely working with the Kenya Golf Union to explore sponsorship option from the East Africa community with a plan to rotate this event in the region.

According to Omolo the government of Kenya through the chairman sports Kenya Fred Muteti is leading in this front to present a case to EAC in Arusha.

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