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Kyobe axed for New Zealand trip

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Uganda’s ladies team after being flagged off by NCS general secretary Jasper Aligawesa

No luck. Despite being the leading runs scorer this season, Kyobe has been dropped. Photo by Eddie Chicco 

By INNOCENT NDAWULA& DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

Posted  Friday, December 13  2013 at  10:57

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The senior ladies team flies out to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this morning to take part in the ICC Africa Senior Women’s T20 Championship.

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KAMPALA- Arthur Kyobe has been dropped for the first time since making his senior debut in 2007.

Uganda’s leading batsman across all codes this season was the biggest surprise exclusion when the 15-man team that will represent the nation at the ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand next month was named yesterday.

There was also no place for Charity’s dynamic pair of Henry Ssenyondo and Jonathan Ssebanja as well as Wanderers’ batsmen Arthur Ziraba and Hamu Kayondo.

But as the ignored players await explanations from the Andrew Othieno-led selectors panel, the quartet of Lawrence Ssematimba, Deus Muhumuza and Benjamin Musoke will be celebrating for earning recalls alongside U-19 international Faruk Ochimi, who will be making his full senior debut.

Kyobe’s axing was welcomed mixed reactions from the fraternity considering that he has the best batting figures this season. “We have picked a unit that will represent our interests and believe will do the job in New Zealand,” said one of the selectors Tendo Mbazzi.

Captain Davis Karashani said: “He (Kyobe) is a tournament player and we will miss him at an event of this magnitude that will determine the future of Ugandan cricket.

SELECTED TEAMS
Men for New Zealand: Karashani (captain), Hamza Saleh, Richard Okia, Faruk Ochimi, Raymond Otim, Brian Masaba, Patrick Ochan, Phillemon Mukobe, Benjamin Musoke, Deus Muhumuza, Lawrence Sematimba, Frank Nsubuga, Abraham Mutyagaba, Roger Mukasa and Charles Waiswa.
Women for Tanzania: Naome Kayondo (captain) Barbra Mukankusi, Franklyn Najjumba, Gloria Adubu, Gertrude Chandiru, Laker Flavia, Mary Nankinga, Aryemo Christine, Carol Namugenyi, Kevin Apio, Justine Musubika, Pricco Nakitende, Damalie Busingye and Rachael Ntono.

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