December 13, 2006

Uganda

Uganda women's coach defiant

Martin Williamson

In the aftermath of Uganda 's below par performance in the inaugural ICC Women's World Cup qualifiers in Nairobi, coach Charles Lwanga has insisted his team is more talented than other teams in the region.

Uganda lost to Zimbabwe by 63 runs and Tanzania by 20 runs, before restoring pride with a 91-run win over Kenya in the penultimate game. "The players forgot that we had a World Cup berth at stake. It was like they were playing friendlies and warm ups till when the team put their act together. The players didn't play to their full potential," said team coach Lwanga.

Lwanga, also a former national team opener, disclosed that the eventual winners of the tournament Zimbabwe were beatable and didn't have anything special in their armoury. "They won the tourney because they applied basics, which was everyone else's undoing," added Lwanga.

The next tournament for the girls will be the ICC East Africa Women Championship in Tanzania next year and that is enough time for the team to bounce back and reclaim its lost regional accolade.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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