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Uganda Cricket Association unveil Mahatlane

Isaac Lockett reports on the unveiling of Laurence Mahatlane as the new Ugandan men's national team coach.

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On the 19th November, the Uganda Cricket Association were finally able to present Laurence Mahatlane as the Head Coach of the Ugandan men’s national team. Despite officially taking the job in June, the ongoing global pandemic meant that Mahatlane’s official unveiling had to be significantly delayed.  

Association officials and new coach  Laurence Mahatlane during the unveiling (Photo: Uganda Cricket Association)
Uganda Cricket Association officials and new coach Laurence Mahatlane during the unveiling (Photo: Uganda Cricket Association)

When talking about the appointment of Mahatlane, the CEO of the Ugandan Cricket Association Martin Ondeko was quoted as saying ‘We are excited that Laurence is finally in the country to take up the position. A lot ahead for the national team so early preparations are key. His immediate assignment will be to prepare the team for the tour to Qatar next month’.

Preparations for the trip to Qatar have already started and current interim coach Davis Turinawe and Jackson Ogwang will continue to aid Mahatlane as he gets to know the players in the squad.

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Mahatlane has signed a three-year deal with Uganda Cricket Association following a period as South Africa’s U19 coach. Alongside his stint with the South African U19 squad, he has gained experience during his time at the Central Gauteng Lions, Gauteng U19 and the South African team that participated at the Hong Kong Sixes. Alongside his coaching roles, Mahatlane has also been a part of South Africa’s national academy selection committee and has been a coach mentor. 

Ugandan cricket fans will hope that Mahatlane will be able to use his experience to help to continue to development of both the team’s current players and future stars. Following his unveiling, it would appear as if fans have quickly warmed to the new head coach and it is going to be exciting to see how the team develops.

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Isaac Lockett
Isaac Lockett
Isaac has an undergraduate degree in sports psychology with a passion for the development of cricket into a completely global sport. He is furthering his academic study through the completion of a Masters degree in Sports Business Management and Policy which aims to further understand sporting globalisation.

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