As we depart from Masaka headed for Masindi, I look back on our short time but none the less great time in the area.
We leave knowing that 30 new coaches are ready to drive the game forward. Even though their time keeping has room for improvement, their passion and willingness to learn is unrivalled to those that have come before in my CWB experience. The real stars of the coaching however were the girls team from Masaka Secondary school. Although they were never planned to be on the coach education sessions they showed an appetite for the game of cricket and were a great help to all of us who can’t always be understood behind our regional accents.
In our time in Masaka we exposed 10 schools to the game of cricket and reinforced those ABCT messages. However the weather scuppered our plans for a festival finale at Masaka SS with what can only be described as a soaking for the ground. 6 hours of solid rain dampening the teams spirits and we could see our farewell for Masake being washed away with every drop from the grey skies. It was a real shame we couldn’t get any kind of a festival going, especially with the team from Uganda Cares ready and waiting with a testing tent.
Its clear to see though that cricket has a place in Masaka and with the driving forces that are Yusuf, Ali and the girls of Masaka SS it will be thriving sooner rather than later.