Steve Tikolo travels to Nairobi to watch the other the teams

Sakindar Raza of Zimbabwe batting against Canada.

In a bid not to be surprised by their opponents, Uganda sent National team Coach Steve Tikolo along with team analyst Alvin Bagaya to watch Oman, Singapore and Malaysia play against Kenyan sides in preparation for the Division 3 World Cricket League tournament due in Kampala.

Due to limited grounds in Uganda three nations decided to pitch camp in Nairobi while they played different select sides in Kenya and this gave an opportunity to the Ugandan technical team a chance to watch their opposition.

Reliable sources in Nairobi who have watched the teams play have mentioned that if Uganda holds its nerve they have a big chance to win.

Dan Okinyo a re-known Cricket Coach in Kenya said;

You guys are lucky that Steve came out and videoed some of the games, I am sure that will give u a good platform to work on.

They have guys who can stick on the wicket but I do believe you have a strong bowling unit better than what they have and having played a number of matches here in Nairobi they will be a bit tired and you could capitalize on that.

If I compare the batting you put up against Kenya and what we have seen in them, you guys have a chance.

Singapore pose for a team photo before a game at the Jafferys Club in Nairobi

Another move from the technical team that could prove to be a masterstroke was the giving players a week off before the tournament.

All the other countries are playing warm up games which have come at a price. Both Singapore and Malaysia are nursing injuries to key players, while Canada is also facing a battle to one of their top batsmen ready for the showpiece in Kampala.

Little news is coming out of the USA camp in South Africa as they try to be very secretive either for security or in a bid not to give away so much information.

Only Lawrence Ssematimba remains any injury concern for team Uganda but a decision will be made on his fitness by close of business today as per ICC guidelines.

The boys look relaxed every evening as they meet up with their fans over evening tea at the famous Serena Hotel in Lugogo.

Charles Waiswa posted “Tuesday – Lets Go” on his Facebook account in reference to the opening tie against Canada.

Uganda plays its first game against Canada on Tuesday in Lugogo and entrance is free for all.

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