A team of 13 players and two officials have travelled to Nairobi for the third edition of the Star Field Tournament. Pascal Murungi, Juma Miyagi, Munir Ismail and Edwin Nuwagaba are the four players that were part of the U19 team that travelled to Namibia for the World Cup early this year, with the other nine players all making their U19 debut.
The team set off by road Monday night and arrived in Nairobi Tuesday early morning. They will play their first game on Wednesday 21stwith the tournament concluding on 26thAugust and the tournament will be played on the T20 format.
While flagging of the U19 National men team, the National Council of Sports hailed the work that is being done by the National Cricket Association in promoting cricket in the country.
“We are happy for the work that is being done by the National Cricket Association in promoting cricket in Uganda from the grass root and We are privileged to have flagged off the U19 national cricket team that will represent Uganda at the Star Field Youth League a Global Youth tournament in Nairobi Kenya from August 20thto 26th2019. We expect them to represent the nation well by coming back home victorious, “ Said Mr. James Kashumba, the NCS representative.
The team captain Pascal Murungi appreciated the coaches for trusting them to go and represent the nation and he promised to come back with a trophy because they have prepared enough.
“I want to thank the coach for all the training and support they have given us. We are the defending champions of this tournament that why we are going to Nairobi focused to defend our title. We have new play who will make their first debut but they are good player are hope that we shall come back home victors,” Murungi said.
This tournament will attract teams from Nairobi, Tanzania, Kisumu, South Africa among others. The tournament runs from 20thto 26ththis month.