The girls flew out on Wednesday night and arrived safely in Botswana on Thursday 1st ahead the U-19 Women’s World Cup qualifiers. The 1st edition will be held in South Africa in 2023 with only one team from the nine-team tournament in Botswana earning the right to represent Africa. The team flagged off last night at NCS in Lugogo is led by 16-year-old Jimia Muhammad.
The 16-year-old whose younger shoulders will carry the weight of 13 others under girls` category, got her 1stshot at International Cricket early this year, when she received national duty call up to the Victoria Pearls squad that played in Namibia Women Cricket Series. The team of 14 girls has largely been selected from the just concluded girls’ cricket week and features 15-year-old Malisa Ariokot, a PLE Candidate from Amen Primary School in Soroti.
They have been in camp for the last two weeks under the guidance of Head Coach Yusuf Nanga and his Assistant Ivan Kakande. Uganda is in Group B with the host Botswana, Namibia, and Sierra Leone. They will start their campaign against Namibia followed by Botswana and finish their group games against Botswana. The top two sides in each group will move on to the semifinals before the final where, the winner will take the coveted spot at the World Cup. All games will be played between 1st and 13th of September.
Jimia Muhamed (Captain), Annet Anume, Patricia Timong, Recheal Achan, Sandra Achwao, Lonah Anyait, Kevin Amuge, Malisa Ariokot, Immaculate Nandera, Asumin Akurut, Witney Nasuuna, Naume Mbwali, Proscovia Alako, Agnes Nakakande. Team Officials: Yusuf Nanga – Head Coach, Ivan Kakande – Assistant Coach, Imam Tugume – Physiotherapist and, Luiza Nabulwala, the Team Manager.
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