ICC T20 World Cup Africa Final - Unique Trophy Shoot Leaves Captains In Awe

ICC T20 World Cup Africa Final - Unique Trophy Shoot Leaves Captains In Awe

By Innocent Ndawula

Teams And Their Nicknames

Botswana - Baggy Blues

Ghana - Black Batters

Kenya - Simbas

Namibia - Eagles

Nigeria - Yellow Greens

Uganda - Cricket Cranes

Uganda is truly beautiful and indeed the Pearl of Africa!

The six captains; Shem Ngoche Obado (Kenya),  Gerhard Erasmus (Namibia), Karabo Motlhanka (Botswana), Isaac Aboagye (Ghana), Ademola Onikoyi (Nigeria) and Roger Mukasa (Uganda) can testify as much as they took in a once-in-a-lifetime and equally unique moment at Captains' Trophy Shoot of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 World Cup Africa Finals on Saturday, May 18.

Setting off at WaterFront Beach in Entebbe, the captains were driven into 'wilderness' on a boat cruise to the Equator Island. And its at the iconic landmark that equally divides the world into two on the second largest fresh water body in the world - Lake Victoria - that the Trophy Shoot was taken in the presence of ICC officials and members of the media.

"This is beautiful. Not the ordinary trophy shoots we have ahead of events.  We are grateful to Great Lakes Safaris' Amos Wekesa for sponsoring this improtant tournament activity. The shoot was a chance for the captains to loosen up before the tense tournament," said Kuben Pillay, the Tournament Director from ICC Africa.

The captains enjoyed a 40-minute boat cruise, courtesy of Amos Wekesa's Great Lakes Safaris & Uganda Lodges, from WaterFront Beach To Equator Island for the unique Captains Trophy Shoot.

Whereas many looked to be uncertain of what to expect, Namibia's Erasmus was eager to take in the experience. "Wow, I should have carried my fishing equipment. This will arguably be the best Captains Trophy Shoot ever."

Uganda's captain Mukasa, a first time on the lake, was equally wowed.

"Hats off to the architects behind this (unique shoot). The boat bumps gave me goose bumps early on. But it was all lovey dovey on our return journey. I even managed to touch in the water as the boat moved. This is good way to promote the beauty and many tourism aspects of our country.”

From the cruise, the captains quenched their thirst and had their fill with sumptuous intercontinental meals at the lakeside Faze 3 Restaurant in Entebbe courtesy of Uganda Lodges and Great Lakes Safaris before heading back to Kampala for Media Meet at Lugogo.

When the action gets underway proper, the captains will aim to keep calm and collected like the waters they patrolled on Lake Victoria because pushing any panic buttons could lead to self-inflicted agony.

Great Lakes Safaris and Uganda Lodges have also sponsored 15 gift hampers for the Man of Match awards and two holiday trips for the fans’ activation exercise.

The tournament begins in earnest on Sunday, with a massive carrot dangling for the top two sides at the end of the week.

The Captains Trophy Shoot was wrapped up with a sumptuous intercontinental luncheon at Faze 3 Restaurant in Entebbe.

The top two finishers after the Round Robin even will progress into the T20 World Cup Qualifier later this year, with the final destination being the T20 World Cup proper, in November 2020.

Given the nature of T20 cricket, each of the six sides will fancy their chances this week, and will look to hit the ground running.

It promises to be a festival of free-scoring and drama, as the battle to fly the African flag on the world stage intensifies.

Teams And Their Nicknames

Botswana - Baggy Blues

Ghana - Black Batters

Kenya - Simbas

Namibia - Eagles

Nigeria - Yellow Greens

Uganda - Cricket Cranes

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