Uganda Cricket Cranes players in celebrations

USPA’s Best of December 2019:

  • Uganda Cricket Cranes (495 Points)

The Uganda Cranes Cricket Cranes was named as the outstanding sports personality for December 2019 by the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA).

This was during the first monthly meeting of the sports journalists under the umbrella body, USPA on Monday, 13th January 2020 at the Scarlet Hall, Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

The Uganda Cricket Cranes team won five straight games during the first phase of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B at the Al Amerat oval, Oman.

 The all-conquering Ugandan team beat Jersey (25 runs), silenced traditional arch rivals Kenya (by 3 wickets), Bermunda (win by 7 wickets), Italy (38 runs) and Hong Kong (by 6 wickets) to top group B, with an advantage ahead of this year’s second phase to be hosted in Uganda come July.

Henry Ssenyondo bowls Credit: Cricket Uganda
Riaah Ali Shah, Dinesh Nakrani and Frank Nsubuga were part of the team in Oman

The Uganda Cricket Cranes tallied 495 points to edge the Uganda U-17 girls football team (490 points) and Ndejje University sports team (410 points).

The Uganda U-17 girls were singled out for winning the 2019 CECAFA U-17 first ever football tournament held at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

Uganda U17 Girls’ national team after winning CECAFA U-17 Championship

The Ugandan girls finished unbeaten with only a draw against Tanzania in the round robin format.

On the other hand, Ndejje University finished top of all the universities at the 18th Inter University Games hosted by University of Kisubi (Unik) along Entebbe road.

This was the fifth time in a row that Ndejje University won the overall title, scooping 10 gold medals, 7 silver and one bronze in the multi sports championship.

Ndejje University players and officials celebrate during the apex of the 18th AUUS Games held at University of Kisubi on Friday, 20th December 2019

Commendations:

A number of teams and personalities were commended for performing well in December 2019.

These included; The Uganda Cranes (won 15th CECAFA senior Challenge Cup), Rally crew of Yassin Nasser and Ali Katumba, Uganda Motocross team, Joshua Cheptegei (record in Valencia 10KM race) and pool player Ibrahim Ssejjemba for exceptional performance at the Matthew Ngulube pool championship held in Zambia.

The sports journalists also rewarded the best per sporting discipline for the year 2019.

December 2019 USPA’s best:

  • Uganda Cricket Cranes (495 Points)
  • U-17 Girls Football Team (490 Points)
  • Ndejje University (410 Points)
Cricket Cranes players Credit: Cricket Uganda

Uganda Cricket Cranes Team in Oman

  1. Brian Masaba (Captain)
  2. Roger Mukasa
  3. Arnold Otwani
  4. Kenneth Waiswa
  5. Dinesh Nakrani
  6. Ronak Patel
  7. Bilal Hassun
  8. Shahzad Kamal
  9. Riazat Ali Shah
  10. Charles Waiswa
  11. Henry Ssenyondo
  12. Frank Nsubuga
  13. Richard Agamire
  14. Fred Achelam

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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