Uganda’s new-look and inexperienced national ladies team is targeting a top-five finish when the biennial All Africa Challenge Trophy tees off this morning at the picturesque Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya.
Uganda’s top seed Flavia Namakula is the only survival on the team that has Uganda Golf Club (UGC) captain Katy Kabenge and Harriet Kitaka. Rose Azuba is the team reserve.
“We have done enough practice with coach Amos Kamya,” said Kitaka, who is making a return to the team after a four-year absence.
“We are also well motivated and ready to roll. We believe we can finish in the top five out of the 18 countries that have confirmed participation.” The team has camped in Nairobi, adapting and acclimatizing, since Sunday and will be buoyed by the large number of traveling ladies that have followed them into the Kenyan capital.
Record champions South Africa, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and hosts Kenya are the other countries in the fray. Using Eishenhower scoring, the best two scores per round count towards the daily team score in the 54-hole stroke play format. First held in 1992 in Zimbabwe, Kenya hosted the second event 20 years ago at Muthaiga Golf Club. Each country is represented by three players and a non-playing captain.