Cricket – Victoria Pearls Take On Kwibuka Challenge

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The Victoria Pearls head to Kigali Rwanda to take part in the 2022 edition of the Kwibuka Invitational tournament. The Victoria Pearls withdraw from the 2021 edition at the last minute after being hit by Covid but the team has been part of the Kwibuka since its maiden edition in 2014.

The Victoria Pearls have just returned from a successful tour of Nepal where they defeated the hosts 3-2, this victory moved them from 21st to 19th in the World rankings.

There are only two changes from the side that travelled to Nepal with Franklin Najjumba and Rita Nyagendo missing out, their replacements being Gloria Obukor and Naomi Kayondo.  Gloria Obukor was the best batter in the women’s T20 league and her inclusion is no surprise. Consy Aweko and Janet Mbabazi will be Captain and Vice-Captain for the team respectively.

“The Kwibuka is a tournament we take very serious especially because it has got T20i status, we have a developing team and the more we expose it to high level cricket the better will become when the qualifiers come around. This is the time we have had three international tours for the ladies and this is a commitment from us to help the Victoria Pearls scale great heights” Martin Ondeko CEO Uganda Cricket Association.

The 2022 edition of the Kwibuka has attracted two new comers Germany from Europe and Brazil from the Americas region. There are eight nations in the event that include hosts Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Nigeria, Brazil and Germany. Kenya are the defending champions.

Janet Mbabazi who has been in prolific form for the Victoria Pearls this year will again be one of the key players for Uganda as they look to pick up their third Kwibuka title. Senior players Rita Musamali and Kevin Awino were also in good touch in Nepal and they will also be required to put in a good shift.

The Full Team:

  1. Consy Nimungu Aweko (Captain), 2. Janet Mbabazi (Vice-Captain), 3. Kevin Awino, 4. Rita Musamali, 5. Patricia Malemikia, 6. Phiona Egaru Kulume, 7. Sarah Akiteng, 8. Susan Kakai, 9. Naomi Kayondo, 10. Gloria Obukor, 11. Leona Mirembe Babirye, 12. Evelyn Anyipo, 13. Shakirah Sadick, 14. Sarah Walaza.

The Officials:

1.Laurence Ssematimba (Head Coach), 2. Laurence Ssematimba (Assistant Coach), 3. Imam Tugume (Team Physiotherapist), 4. Rita Tinka (Team Manager)

FIXTURES:

 KWIBUKA T20I FIXTURESDATES :9TH TO 18TH JUNE 2022 
 PARTICIPATING NATIONSRWANDA, UGANDA, KENYA, NIGERIA, BRASIL, GERMANY ,TANZANIA & BOTSWANA 
  7th June 2022#Teams Arrival 
 8th June 2022#Training sessions #Press Conference. #Photoshoots #Visit the Memorial Site 
GAME DAYSGAHANGA CRICKET STADIUMIPRCTIME
DAY 1RWANDA VS UGANDABRASIL VS NIGERIA9:30 am
 KENYA VS BOTSWANAGERMANY VS NIGERIA1:30 pm
    
DAY 2KENYA VS UGANDA9:30 am
 RWANDA VS BRASILTANZANIA VS BOTSWANA1:30PM
    
DAY 3GERMANY VS BRASILTANZANIA VS UGANDA9:30 am
 RWANDA VS KENYABOTSWANA VS NIGERIA1:30PM
    
DAY 4TANZANIA VS KENYARWANDA VS GERMANY9:30 am
 BOTSWANA VS BRASILNIGERIA VS UGANDA1:30PM
    
DAY 5/REST DAYGERMANY VS TANZANIA 9:30 am
    
    
DAY 6NIGERIA VS KENYARWANDA VS TANZANIA9:30 am
 UGANDA VS BRASILBOTSWANA VS GERMANY1:30PM
    
DAY 7RWANDA VS BOTSWANANIGERIA VS TANZANIA9:30 am
 UGANDA VS GERMANYBRASIL VS KENYA1:30PM
    
DAY 8UGANDA VS BOTSWANARWANDA VS NIGERIA9:30 am
 KENYA VS GERMANYBRASIL VS TANZANIA1:30PM
    
DAY 95TH VS 6TH7TH VS 8TH9:30 am
DAY 10THIRD PLACE 9:30 am
 FINAL 1:30 pm

Victoria Pearls Take On Kwibuka Challenge

The Victoria Pearls head to Kigali Rwanda to take part in the 2022 edition of the Kwibuka Invitational tournament. The Victoria Pearls withdraw from the 2021 edition at the last minute after being hit by Covid but the team has been part of the Kwibuka since its maiden edition in 2014.

The Victoria Pearls have just returned from a successful tour of Nepal where they defeated the hosts 3-2, this victory moved them from 21st to 19th in the World rankings.

There are only two changes from the side that travelled to Nepal with Franklin Najjumba and Rita Nyagendo missing out, their replacements being Gloria Obukor and Naomi Kayondo.  Gloria Obukor was the best batter in the women’s T20 league and her inclusion is no surprise. Consy Aweko and Janet Mbabazi will be Captain and Vice-Captain for the team respectively.

“The Kwibuka is a tournament we take very serious especially because it has got T20i status, we have a developing team and the more we expose it to high level cricket the better will become when the qualifiers come around. This is the time we have had three international tours for the ladies and this is a commitment from us to help the Victoria Pearls scale great heights” Martin Ondeko CEO Uganda Cricket Association.

The 2022 edition of the Kwibuka has attracted two new comers Germany from Europe and Brazil from the Americas region. There are eight nations in the event that include hosts Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Nigeria, Brazil and Germany. Kenya are the defending champions.

Janet Mbabazi who has been in prolific form for the Victoria Pearls this year will again be one of the key players for Uganda as they look to pick up their third Kwibuka title. Senior players Rita Musamali and Kevin Awino were also in good touch in Nepal and they will also be required to put in a good shift.

The Full Team:

  1. Consy Nimungu Aweko (Captain), 2. Janet Mbabazi (Vice-Captain), 3. Kevin Awino, 4. Rita Musamali, 5. Patricia Malemikia, 6. Phiona Egaru Kulume, 7. Sarah Akiteng, 8. Susan Kakai, 9. Naomi Kayondo, 10. Gloria Obukor, 11. Leona Mirembe Babirye, 12. Evelyn Anyipo, 13. Shakirah Sadick, 14. Sarah Walaza.

The Officials:

1.Laurence Ssematimba (Head Coach), 2. Laurence Ssematimba (Assistant Coach), 3. Imam Tugume (Team Physiotherapist), 4. Rita Tinka (Team Manager)

FIXTURES:

 KWIBUKA T20I FIXTURESDATES :9TH TO 18TH JUNE 2022 
 PARTICIPATING NATIONSRWANDA, UGANDA, KENYA, NIGERIA, BRASIL, GERMANY ,TANZANIA & BOTSWANA 
  7th June 2022#Teams Arrival 
 8th June 2022#Training sessions #Press Conference. #Photoshoots #Visit the Memorial Site 
GAME DAYSGAHANGA CRICKET STADIUMIPRCTIME
DAY 1RWANDA VS UGANDABRASIL VS NIGERIA9:30 am
 KENYA VS BOTSWANAGERMANY VS NIGERIA1:30 pm
    
DAY 2KENYA VS UGANDA9:30 am
 RWANDA VS BRASILTANZANIA VS BOTSWANA1:30PM
    
DAY 3GERMANY VS BRASILTANZANIA VS UGANDA9:30 am
 RWANDA VS KENYABOTSWANA VS NIGERIA1:30PM
    
DAY 4TANZANIA VS KENYARWANDA VS GERMANY9:30 am
 BOTSWANA VS BRASILNIGERIA VS UGANDA1:30PM
    
DAY 5/REST DAYGERMANY VS TANZANIA 9:30 am
    
    
DAY 6NIGERIA VS KENYARWANDA VS TANZANIA9:30 am
 UGANDA VS BRASILBOTSWANA VS GERMANY1:30PM
    
DAY 7RWANDA VS BOTSWANANIGERIA VS TANZANIA9:30 am
 UGANDA VS GERMANYBRASIL VS KENYA1:30PM
    
DAY 8UGANDA VS BOTSWANARWANDA VS NIGERIA9:30 am
 KENYA VS GERMANYBRASIL VS TANZANIA1:30PM
    
DAY 95TH VS 6TH7TH VS 8TH9:30 am
DAY 10THIRD PLACE 9:30 am
 FINAL 1:30 pm

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