Amos Kamya, Team Uganda’s coach, speaks with so much conviction one would think his troops should be given the East African Challenge Golf Trophy even before actions gets underway tomorrow.
The 16th edition of the four-day event takes place at the par-71 Entebbe Golf Club (EGC) course.
“We have done all that is needed to make sure we triumph,” Kamya, also a professional golfer ,said. “No Ugandan team has prepared like this one in recent history. The Union has done its best to prepare the team and the guys can only pay back by winning the title. We have no excuse.”
Kamya was the man in charge when Uganda last hosted the regional event at the same course in 2009. When put on the spot whether his boys won’t be under pressure as they seek to dethrone Kenya for their fourth title.
“Pressure is there in any sport. But these guys have been through more than pressure enroute to making this team. The provisional squad was of 66 top golfers in the country and we have been trimming it for the last two months until the final nine,” explained Kamya, who earned his coaching stripes at Tygerberg Golf School in Cape Town.
For the last five weeks, Kamya’s troops have undergone fitness assessment, concentrated on the doubles, undertaken course management & psychology lessons, worked on team bonding and on partnerships in a residential camp held at Abayita Ababiri in Entebbe.
Talking about Kenya, Kamya is quick to give them respect.
“Kenya are the defending champions, no one can it away from them,” he said. “But my guys are focused. We are on our own course, have some Entebbe-based players and have the home gallery. We are determined not to let it slip.”
Only one player in Henry Lujja, an Artisan member of Entebbe, will be making a debut after edging Palm Valley’s Abraham Ainamani (h/c 2) and another Entebbe-bred talent in Andrew Byaruhanga (h/c 5) to the last spot.