In our new series, “Five Questions with”, Kawowo Sports challenges Uganda’s famous sports stars to share little-known aspects of their lives.

We talk to former Cricket Cranes captain and off spinner Davis Arinaitwe Karashani.

Which strengths do you believe you have that make you a great athlete?

I really wouldn’t call them strengths but I think I was fortunate to remain level-headed and keep my feet on the ground so this my humility, patience, and focus were key elements in my career.
I think I also hated the long nights after losing games so I strived to avoid that feeling and that pushed me to endeavor to leave my all on the field.

I think I also found it easy dealing with people and enjoyed every bit of it.

Which sport would you play if you were not playing cricket and why?

Having played Badminton, Table Tennis, and Lawn Tennis at age-group level, I think I would have ended playing Lawn Tennis largely because of the individual nature of the sport where focus and personal initiative are the key drivers to success. With the drive I have always had, it’s a sport I could have enjoyed and not done too badly at.

Davis Karashani Credit: John Batanudde

Is there a coach or athlete that you look up to as a role model and why?

I find coaches Sam Walusimbi and William Kamanyi as commendable people that followed up their successful cricket careers with identifying and coaching a number of youngsters and national teams. I am fortunate to be one of and I can’t thank them enough for that contribution.

I am a huge fan of Roger Federer over his ability to continue excelling at the highest level of sport for close to two decades. The dedication and hunger for success are simply more than impressive.

Locally, it is former Cricket Cranes captain Junior Kwebiha who managed to have a successful on-field career and went on to have an incredible corporate career in marketing.

Rank the top five priorities currently in your life.

  1. My Children
  2. Family
  3. Establishing my corporate career
  4. Scaling my businesses
  5. Completing my studies

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gained from your career?

Former Cricket Cranes coach Conrad Shukri once told us that;

If we had just half the belief he had in our abilities as he did, we would be world beaters but without us believing in ourselves, not even if Jesus coached us would we get to where we deserved.

He followed that up by encouraging us to always enjoy playing the game each time we took the field and not take the game too serious.

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