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Jinja has come a long way in Uganda cricket

By Vision Reporter

Added 14th March 2001 03:00 AM

Jinja Association of Cricket Club (JACC) has passed through the last three decades as the only feasible breeding ground for the national cricket players who have placed the nation to the height save for the UCA administration.

Jinja Association of Cricket Club (JACC) has passed through the last three decades as the only feasible breeding ground for the national cricket players who have placed the nation to the height save for the UCA administration.

By Ronnie Kintu Jinja Association of Cricket Club (JACC) has passed through the last three decades as the only feasible breeding ground for the national cricket players who have placed the nation to the height save for the UCA administration. The club based in Jinja is proud of having nurtured current national players like John Lubia, Henry Okecho, Solomon Seruga, Benjamin Musoke, Richard Mwami, Andrew Othieno and Ibra Lule all former students of Busoga College Mwiri. Henry Osinde, Kenneth Kamyuka, Junior Kwebiha, Guy Kimbowa, Michael Ndiko, Emmy Kibirango, Richard Okia, Chris Engola, Keith Legesi are part of the long list of JACC products. The list is endless, more than 60% of the national players at present not forgetting the past have gone through JACC. The club has despite producing the best cricketers remained a bottom of the table team because each year many of its best players shift to other clubs that end up performing better. Had JACC remained with many of the players it groomed, there is no doubt that the club would be the best on the territory and the only base for national selectors. What then can help the collapsing club to attain glory after such wonderful work to the nation? One would also wonder why players after making their debut to cricket while in the club end up moving to other clubs. Despite being located in one of Uganda's leading industrial towns, with enterprises like Nile Breweries, Vita Foam, Nytil, British American Tobacco (BAT), JACC has failed to attract sponsorship. The club has for a long time lacked enough playing equipment, failed to facilitate the players and had difficulties paying the required tournament fees. JACC has been run for a long time on the good will of headmasters of the surrounding cricket playing schools like Busoga College Mwiri, Kiira College Butiki, St James and Jinja SSS. Such schools contribute money every season to the club so that the school-boys keep playing cricket under the club umbrella. Some parents and well wishers have also been giving a hand where necessary and above all the club has benefited from the premises of Jinja SSS. Distinction is given to cricket legend Pithy John Ndiko who is one of the founders and has kept the club running for a long time. Many senior national players today talk of how they benefited from the legend practically and hypothetically not to forget national umpires who were blessed with his compassionate hand. Ndiko, now retired, played cricket until towards the end of last millennium and is now a senior umpire of Uganda Cricket Association (UCA). Another retired cricketer who played for the club and kept it running through the years is UCA general secretary Justin Ligyalingi. He displayed a lot of coaching skills, organisation and administrative abilities while at the club. Ligyalingi later left the club to join National Council of Sports. Currently, umpire Becker Elonge and Justine Ligyalingi (senior) are in charge of the club. Ends

Jinja has come a long way in Uganda cricket

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