Yet again, cricket fans will have more reason to throng the Lugogo, Kyambogo and the Entebbe Ovals with some international action.

Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) was yet again given the chance to host the boys’ U-19 Youth World Cup Qualifiers due United Arab Emirates next year.

Neighbours Kenya were initially meant to host but Uganda won the rights after fears to do with security concerns in the former.

Six countries; Kenya, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Ghana and Nigeria will travel to Kampala to play in the seven-day tournament between May 25-June 1.

“We are excited about it,” UCA CEO Justine Ligyalingi said. “It gives us another opportunity to showcase to our fans and ICC the hosting and potential abilities.” 

A trophy is at stake and the top two teams will progress to play at the Youth World Cup in the Middle East.

Uganda has appeared at two U-19 World Cups, in 2004 Bangladesh and 2006 Sri Lanka.

“Its been long since we were there. We’ll work to return there.” team manager Martin Ondeko told Kawowo Sports.

The team is currently training with former national team wicket-keeper Davis Turinawe and John Trust Mayeku. They play trial games on Saturdays.

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