Kenya, Uganda clash stirs the blood
Africa cricket fans will be watching today's (Sat) ICC T20 qualifier (Africa) fixture between Kenya and Uganda at Benoni, Johannesburg, with interest: Uganda are fielding an almost untested team in a bid to unseat Kenya who won the contest in Kampala in 2013.
One of the Ugandans, under the captaincy of newly appointed 23-year-old Brian Masaba, is Jonathan Ssebanja, who hit the fastest Ugandan century (35 balls) in a domestic T20 fixture in February. Will he be able to replicate the feat at Benoni?
The contest will be a stern test for Uganda, with seven previously uncapped players in the 14-man squad - a massive clear-out of until now familiar faces having taken place in the wake of disastrous performances in ICC Division 2 in Windhoek earlier this year.
But Masaba says his charges are fired up and ready to give a good account of themselves.
Meanwhile Kenya, under captain Rakep Patel and coach Martin Suji - a former Uganda coach - will also be looking to acquit themselves well. Suji cites an improvement in most aspects of their game in the run-up to the Benoni competition following an also disappointing showing in Windhoek.
The other contestants are Namibia, Botswana, Ghana and Tanzania. The competition lasts until March 31.