Following the departure of Steve Tikolo from the national team head coach role, the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) initiated a process of contracting a new tactician.
It’s against this background that the association announced Lawrence Mahatlane as the new Cricket Cranes head coach on a three-year contract.
The selection committee unanimously agreed on Mahatlane whose record on working with young players gave him an added advantage over the other candidates.
The Uganda Cricket Association CEO, Martin Ondeko felt optimistic about the appointment.
“We are very excited to have a coach of such a caliber on the set-up. He finds the team on an upward spiral and believe he continue with momentum already gathered. He will also be a very key figure in setting up the structure for the National teams. We wish him the best of luck,” he said.
The 44-year old South African was the head coach for RSA U-19 at the 2020 World Cup in South Africa. He excelled at Cricket and Rugby before choosing the former as a career.
He also served as the head coach for Highveld Lions between 2000-2001 before taking over the role of the Cricket South Africa U-19 head coach in 2014.
“I’m very excited with the opportunity to be a part of the Cricket Cranes family and I’m looking forward to taking the team forward,” said Mahatlane after penning the 3-year contract on Saturday.
Once the international travel restrictions are eased, he will leave South Africa and start hands on preparations with the national team.
Mahatlane will work alongside Jackson Ogwang as his assistant while Habiba Kulthum Anguyo retains her physio role.