21 March 2009

Uganda: Psychologist on Board for Cricketers

Kampala — COACH Ebrahim Mohammed's determination to lead the national team to the World Cup has seen him lineup professional motivation speaker Kader Amien. The South African will join Uganda's backroom staff at next month's International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup Qualifier in South Africa.

The team departs today for the three-week event which starts April 1 seeking nothing but the audacious dream of securing a World Cup berth, a task for which they'll need all the inspiration they can muster -as Mohammed vividly knows.

"He is a sports motivator and motivational speaker," Mohammed made a brief introduction of the man who's been enlisted to buildup Uganda's fortitude.

"He'll be working with the boys for the first two or three games and has even expressed interest in continuing with the team if it qualifies for the World Cup."

The bit about qualifying for the World Cup is still a long way away but Mohammed is confident Amien's presence will serve to get Uganda closer to it.

"He used to come up and motivate the boys when I was still coach of Western Province (in South Africa) and he did a great job there so he'll help," added Mohammed.

Uganda need all the help they can get as -per the ICC World rankings- they go into the Qualifier as the penultimate weakling of the 12 teams.

That leaves Afghanistan, who are ranked a place lower than Uganda but who nonetheless beat them to the ICC Division 3 World Cricket League in January as the pre-tournament weakest team.

Of course Mohammed has little regard for these classifications and, thankfully for Uganda, that is as much as he is been telling the national team.

"I really believe we can qualify for the World Cup because I have seen a lot of cricket in Africa and we have one of the best sides in Africa," he argued.

Uganda's squad

J. Kwebiha (captain), J. Olweny, B. Musoke, R. Mukasa, L. Ssematimba, K. Kamyuka, F. Nsubuga, D. Ruyange, A. Kyobe, C. Waiswa, N. Bibodi, D. Arinaitwe, A. Baig, N. Kishore, R. Ssemanda.

Plus: Coach E. Mohammed, Team manager J. Lijalingi, and Physio A. Meya

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