The Star (Nairobi)

23 November 2012

Kenya: Local Girls Go Out in Search of Glory Against Top Ranked Ugandans

Kenya face neighbours Uganda today in the opening match of the six-match Twenty20 series at Peponi School. Uganda lost 3-1 when they hosted Kenya in September.

Uganda are presently ranked top in the region in the shorter format of the game, followed by Tanzania. But this time round the ranking and past record may not count much when two sides lock horns although Uganda remains a very formidable side despite the absence of their star players Christine Aryemo and Stella Atim.

They have done exceptionally well of late and the series promises to be more competitive. The Ugandans would be looking to avenge for the 3-1 drubbing in Kampala at the hands of Kenyans.

Uganda Coach Henry Okecho is equally upbeat and is promising to turn tables on their hosts. "I have told the girls to play without fear. They seem to be fearing to fail rather than playing to win," the coach was quoted as saying.

Uganda will depend so much on the experience of captain Barbara Mukankusi, Caroline Namugenyi and Frankline Najjumba. Kenya girls know that a series win will give them confidence ahead of the qualifiers and will be going for victory despite the absence of some of its top players including captain Emily Ruto.

Sarah Bhakita has been in superb form since their return from Kampala and will no doubt act as the Kenyan pillar alongside Margaret Banja and Pearlyne Omamo.

The series could also bring wicket keeper Sharon out of the shells. The right handed batter has been struggling to gain his form and good performance in the series could lift her morale ahead of the qualifiers. Other players to watch out for are Mercyline Adhiambo and Ruth Mwihaki.Kenya face neighbours Uganda today in the opening match of the six-match Twenty20 series at Peponi School. Uganda lost 3-1 when they hosted Kenya in September.

Uganda are presently ranked top in the region in the shorter format of the game, followed by Tanzania. But this time round the ranking and past record may not count much when two sides lock horns although Uganda remains a very formidable side despite the absence of their star players Christine Aryemo and Stella Atim.

They have done exceptionally well of late and the series promises to be more competitive. The Ugandans would be looking to avenge for the 3-1 drubbing in Kampala at the hands of Kenyans.

Uganda Coach Henry Okecho is equally upbeat and is promising to turn tables on their hosts. "I have told the girls to play without fear. They seem to be fearing to fail rather than playing to win," the coach was quoted as saying.

Uganda will depend so much on the experience of captain Barbara Mukankusi, Caroline Namugenyi and Frankline Najjumba. Kenya girls know that a series win will give them confidence ahead of the qualifiers and will be going for victory despite the absence of some of its top players including captain Emily Ruto.

Sarah Bhakita has been in superb form since their return from Kampala and will no doubt act as the Kenyan pillar alongside Margaret Banja and Pearlyne Omamo.

The series could also bring wicket keeper Sharon out of the shells. The right handed batter has been struggling to gain his form and good performance in the series could lift her morale ahead of the qualifiers. Other players to watch out for are Mercyline Adhiambo and Ruth Mwihaki.

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