The best sides around the world are backed by strong and vibrant structures that allow talent sprout.
In Uganda, much more strength is needed in youth developmental programmes if we are to cement our status whether in the football world, cricket, tennis or even rugby.
Not that there is completely no system, but rather there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) were big beneficiaries from the just concluded U-15 Easter Cup tournament played by six schools including Ndejje SS, Kololo SS, Agha Khan, Makerere College, Kings’ College Budo and a bunch of youngsters in Lugogo Boys.
The latter emerged winners of this Easter season tourney after defeating Agha Khan by six wickets at Lugogo Oval on Monday.
“There is talent in the boys,” tournament director John Trust Mayeku told Kawowo Sports.
“We are going to follow up on all the best players,” the UCA development officer added.
The Boys, captained by City High senior one student Ceaser Kabila, won the toss and opted to field. Kabila’s decision earned bowlers John Gabula (4/11) and Mohammed Yakub (3/9) seven wickets as they restricted their opponents to 79-all out.
Only Vishnu Manepalli, eventual batsman of tournament stroked 23 runs and Osama Saddiq added 20 had the signiticant say on the score board.
John Gabula top scored with 32 runs while Perry Wazombe got 12 not out before steady Ramathan Ochimi 11 not out finished it in style with a fancy lofty cover drive for four runs at 17.3. Aga Khan bowlers had succumbed to pressure despite Mohil Patel’s 1/12 and Owais Sideiqui’s 1/16.
In the third-place playoff played earlier in the morning, Kololo SS needed only 12.3 overs courtesy a Borris Aguma 28-run knock to chase down a 52-10 score and defeat Kings’ College Budo by two wickets.
U-15 EASTER CUP
KC Budo 94/9 Aga Khan HS 87/7
KC Budo 88/10 Makerere College 89/1
Aga Khan 212/9 Makerere College 33/10
Kololo SS 263/4 Ndejje SS 15/10
Kololo 36/10 Lugogo Boys 37/2
Lugogo Boys 193/2 Ndejje SS 14/10
Kings’ College Budo 52/10 Kololo 55/8
Agha Khan 79/10 Lugogo Boys 82/4
Best bowler – Perry Wazombe (Lugogo Boys)
Best batsman – Vishnu Manepalli (Agha Khan)
Player of the tournament – John Gabula (Lugogo Boys)