Cricket ruling board in the country, Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) has named Martin Ondeko as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
The development follows the retirement of Justine Ligyalingi, who had previously held the post for the past eight years.
Ondeko has been in the Association’s set up since 2009, but most importantly, he played for the Cricket Cranes – He made his senior team debut in 2007 against Pakistan in Kenya and played at the ICC WCL Division III tournament in Namibia in 2007.
Presenting the new CEO to the members of the Press at an event held on Friday morning at Cooper Chimney restaurant in Lugogo, UCA’s Chairman Bashir Ansasira noted that Ondeko was an outstanding candidate in an incredibly strong field, adding that he was the right person to take the association forward.
“Ondeko takes over a delicate position in the association, he will now have the responsibility to ensure that the game continues to make forward strides on an even largerr scale from the grassroots,” the chairman noted.
Paul Kaheru was the head of the four man recruitment panel that produced a shortlist of candidates from 25 to 10 before zeroing on the final two – Abishek Shekawal, Kobus Olivier and Quentin Von Stieglitz were among the members who reached the last four.
“I am delighted about this appointment,” started a smiling Ondeko. “I am looking forward for this new challenge, I believe that the years I have been inside the association, I have gathered enough experience which will drive this association forward.”
Prior to his appointment, Ondeko has been the UCA Operations manager from 2013.
Ondeko becomes the third CEO in the association’s history, with Muhumuza Mpeka the first in the line.
His appointment comes at a time when the National Girls senior team is set for the global qualifiers in Netherlands in July 2nd as the men will be embarking on a short distance to Kigali for the East African T20 regional qualifiers on July 7th.