Team Uganda captain Phillip Kasozi will tell his teammates ‘bring back just one point’ when the Johnnie Walker East Africa Golf Challenge Trophy (EAGCT) tees off this morning.
The 16 edition takes center stage at the par-71 Entebbe Golf Club (EGC) course with Uganda seeking only its fourth title.
“The boys are ready to dethrone Kenya,” Kasozi, also the 2012 Uganda Open winner, told Daily Monitor after the flag raising ceremony in Entebbe yesterday. “We are not scared to say that we are the favourites. We have trained for one month and each of the nine players knows the course well. We also have three players that have literally grown up on this course. We are good to go.”
Two-time Uganda Open winner Peter Ssendawula, Henry Lujja and Robert ‘Pablo Escobar’ Oluba are Artisan members of EGC.
Lujja to wait
But because of team tactics debutant Lujja will have to wait until tomorrow to make his EAGCT bow after coach Amos Kamya disclosed that he will play no part in today’s opening round of matchplay singles.
“Lujja will get his turn,” said the South Africa-trained Kamya. “We are aiming high and the way we deploy matters a lot. We have to get the pressure of ourselves by going all out to attain the maximum eight points.
Day Two tomorrow will comprise of 36 holes of foursomes; four-ball and better-ball with the closing round singles scheduled for Sunday at the same challenging lakeside course.
Tournament top seeds Kenya, who edged Uganda by half-a-point last year in Naivasha, will offer Uganda the sternest test in their bid to reclaim the title with Tanzania and Rwanda being labeled as tournament dark horses.
Burundi and new entrants Ethiopia will be fancying their chances of reigning on the ‘big boys’ parade.