With only a few days left to the start of the Division 3 World Cricket League tournament, here are the men responsible with keeping the team in shape and also guaranteeing Uganda promotion to Division 2.
Head Coach: Steve Tikolo
DOB: June 25, 1971
Age: 45 Years
Stephen Ogonji Tikolo is a former Kenya cricketer. Tikolo is widely regarded as the best Kenyan cricket player ever, having scored the most runs and taken the second most wickets for the team in ODI’s.
Steve is no stranger to the Cricket Cranes set up as he was the team’s batting coach while his counterpart Martin Suji was head coach, together they enjoyed success in the Division 3 tournament in Bermuda 2014.
This time in a full capacity role, Steve Tikolo has been in charge of the team since June last year, this has given him good time to select his best 14 players.
By virtual of being hosts, a lot of expectations will be on the cricket cranes gaining promotion to Div 2 therefore Steve and his team have their work cut out.
Assistant Coach: Micheal Grace Ndiko
DOB: November 28, 1977
Micheal Ndiko was temporarily the head coach for the Cricket Cranes when Peter Kirsten was relieved of his duties late in 2015.
Ndiko retired into the role after the Africa T20 Qualifiers in South Africa 2015 and has been assisting Tikolo with preparations since his appointment.
His local knowledge of players is an asset to Tikolo and it’s key that he learns on the job about Associate Cricket at this level. A former national team player himself, Ndiko has experience of having played at this level as a competent batsman.
Trainer: Jackson Ogwang
Jackson Ogwang missed out on playing a lot of school cricket but he has made up for all that time with coaching.
Ogwang will definitely coach the team in future but for now he has been tasked with conducting drills for the team as Steve Tikolo and Micheal Ndiko concentrate on the nitty gritty.
His passion for coaching earned him a one month stay at the prestigious ICC Academy for a month last year to learn from the best and also understand the modern game.
He is also the assistant coach of U19 team currently preparing for the World Cup Qualifiers due July in Nairobi.