Uganda December 13, 2006

Uganda women's coach defiant

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.

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 is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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