new cricket cranes head coach holding a jersey

The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) has today officially unveiled South African coach Lawrence Mahatlane as the new Cricket Cranes head coach.

Mahatlane, who spent the last six years in charge of the South African U19 Proteas youth outfit, replaces Kenyan coach Steven Tikolo who left the position last year.

The 44-year-old signed a three-year renewable contract and will work alongside interim coach Davis Turinawe and his assistant Jackson Ogwang.

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The South African was appointed in June this year but could not travel to Uganda due to the lockdown restrictions.

“It’s been an interesting journey on my side, the process started in January. With COVID coming and other interests but just the passion with which Mr Ondeko (UCA CEO) spoke made sure that I signed on the dotted line,” Mahatlane said during the unveiling.

“I’m excited by the challenge thrown to me by the Uganda Cricket Association. It’s not only about vision 2022 which is focused on the senior men’s team, it’s a wider vision. It’s also making sure that also our Lady Cranes also do well, making sure that also our girls grow. Making sure that every young person in this country is able to access this sport,” he said.

“It’s going to be a ride but I am excited to pick it up from where Davis has left it then continue the trend to become a successful international team.”