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Uganda Cricket Association cancels Afri T20 League  

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) has cancelled the 2017 Afri T20 Cricket League after foreign players failed to get international clearance.

Martin Ondeko, an administrative officer of UCA confirmed to Xinhua on Thursday that after waiting for several days for the respective boards to clear their players, they decided to call off the international event.

“It is unfortunate that we shall miss the chance to host such an event where our players would have got exposed with top international players. But we need to observe the International Cricket Council (ICC) rules,” he added.

Ondeko made it clear that ICC requested that all the foreign players get clearance with no objection certificates from boards of their respective countries.

The event was expected to bring together several foreign and local players divided in eight francise teams.

Thirty one foreign players including Pakistan’s test player Saeed Ajmal had already traveled to Uganda for the event.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Uganda wins Africa Schools Badminton Championship

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s Kakungulu Memorial Secondary School has won the gold at the on-going 2017 Africa Schools Badminton Championship in the capital Kampala.

Led by Uganda’s Under 19 top player Ibrahim Kasirye, Kakungulu Memorial Secondary School beat Saint Esprit College from Mauritius 3-2 in the final on Wednesday night.

“I am happy that as hosts we have retained the boys gold medal here,” a happy Kasirye told Xinhua.

In the girls final, Uganda’s Mbogo High School lost to Oshwal Academy (Kenya) 3-1.

Kibuli High School (Uganda), Egypt International School’s boys and girls teams, together with Malbereign Girls (Zimbabwe) all won bronze medals.

The tournament which started on Monday and ends on Friday will also have the individual events where Uganda’s Kasirye will be eager to retain his gold medal won in Zambia last year.

Besides the hosts Uganda, the other nations taking part include Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Ghana.

“We are happy to have seven foreign nations send players for this event in Uganda. This means that the Badminton Confederation of Africa has confidence in us that we have what it takes to host international events,” said Simon Mugabi, the chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association.

Nicholas Muramagi, the general secretary of the National Council of Sports also praised the badminton body for being able to host as many international tournaments as possible which has exposed the local players better.

             

 

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