Former Cricket Cranes International Lawrence Ssematimba has been named the head coach of Uganda Aside.

The former wicketkeeper-batsman will work alongside head coach Laurence Mahatlane and assistant Jackson Ogwang in the new setup.

The new position opened up with the creation of Uganda A, a side that should be the feeder team for the main Cricket Cranes side. The purpose for A-side is to provide practice opportunities for players out of the main team as they look to get themselves into the main side.

The new setup is part of the new structure put in place by Mahatlane as he seeks to improve the performance of the Cricket Cranes.

The 26 man training squad will be cut down to 14 players for the Namibia build-up tour while those that don’t make the squad will stay back and work with Lawrence Ssematimba.

An accomplished player in his heydays, Ssematimba last played for the Cricket Cranes in 2017. He was named best player of the year 2011 and was part of the best XI in Africa that same year. He is a brother to Frank Nsubuga and Roger Mukasa who both play for the Cricket Cranes.

Denis has represented Uganda in international cricket events including the World Cup. He is currently the captain of Wanderers Cricket Club.

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