Since Lawrence Mahatlane took over the head coach role of the Cricket Cranes last year, there have been a lot of changes on the national side.
And with less than three weeks to the team’s Tour to Namibia, renowned Strength & Conditioning coach Helen Buteme has been added to the technical staff.
The former Lady Rugby Cranes captain and coach had her first session with the Cricket Cranes on Wednesday afternoon and will have atleast three more sessions the team before it departs for Windhoek.
“It’s an interesting challenge,” Buteme said after the session. “I don’t know anything about cricket but at the end of the day, conditioning is conditioning. It’s a matter of getting the players to their best possible shape to deliver.
“I came around to help with the strength and conditioning of the cricketers. Lawrence (Mahatlane) thought I would be able to add something to the Cricket Cranes. He wants them to be fit and basically in better conditioning, stronger, faster and he reached out to me.”
Strength and Conditioning is new to Cricket Cranes and Buteme said the first session was basically about assessement.
“We had a pretty good session,” she said. “Some of the stuff was new to the guys [so] we just went through stuff slowly and I think they enjoyed it.
“Today I was basically assessing the players to see how far they are [with fitness levels], like how much work I have to do.”
In Namibia, the Cricket Cranes are scheduled to play Three T20 and Two 50-over games from April 2-11.
Meanwhile, former wicketkeeper-batsman Lawrence Ssematimba was also added to the technical staff as the coach of Uganda A, a side looked as the feeder side to the main Cricket Cranes team.