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Veteran Davis Arinaitwe Karashani retains his captaincy with Frank Nsubuga as vice skipper.
Meanwhile, the inclusion of former tennis player Daniel Runyange came as a surprise. The player who has spent three years on the sidelines due to a recurring shoulder injury without as much competitive cricket leaves a challenge to the youngster.
The tournament which starts on Saturday and ends on March 1st at Lugogo and Kyambogo ovals has attracted 5 countries; Nigeria, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya and defending champions Uganda. The absence of 2011 finalist Namibia will probably make it easier for Martin Suji’s team to grab one of the two places to the September Global World Cup qualifiers in Dubai.
Uganda after almost 60 days of intensive training will open up with Kenya and Tanzania on Saturday.
Saturday friendly results
Uganda XI 128/4 Nigeria 129/6
Uganda XI 133/10 Nigeria 108/9
Opening fixtures – Saturday
Botswana vs. Tanzania (10am) Lugogo
Uganda vs. Nigeria (2pm) Lugogo
Uganda vs. Kenya (10am) Kyambogo
Kenya vs. Tanzania (2am) Kyambogo
Roger Mukasa, Ronald Ssemanda, Benjamin Musoke, Lawrence Ssematimba, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Frank Nsubuga, Arthur Kyobe, Jonathan Ssebanja, Arthur Ziraba, Mohammed Shafeek, Henry Senyondo, Brain Masaba, Charles Waiswa, Richard Okia, Daniel Runyange, Khalid Moothosomy, Shaaif Chowdhry, and Davis Arinaitwe Karachani (captain)
Martin Suji (coach) Stephen Tikolo (Assistant coach), Andrew Othieno (Manager)