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‘WalusimbiNagenda’ steers excitement as UCA Prepares to welcome the ICC Men’s World Cup Trophy.

The Uganda Cricket Association in partnership with Uganda Tourism Board, Motor Care, Bar Aviation, and Fireworks advertising is set to host the ICC Men’s World Cup trophy on Saturday, 26th August 2023 with the trophy expected to tour different parts of Kampala and Jinja.

Excitement has already started building up on social media as sports enthusiasts are gearing up to welcome the monumental trophy. They’re naming the trophy “Walusimbi Nagenda,” a tribute to Sam Walusimbi and John Nagenda, the only Ugandans who played in the 1975 World Cup in England. You can join in the excitement by using hashtags like #CricketUganda, #CWC23, #OliOtya, and #WalusimbiNagenda. 

The #WalusimbiNagenda is derived in to celebrate the late John Nagenda and Sam Walusimbi who represented Uganda at the Cricket World Cup under the East African Cricket team.

John Nagenda in one of his last interviews with NBS TV

Nagenda who passed away earlier this year in March played in the 1974 cricket world cup in England.

Walusimbi a right handed batter ranks among one of the best batters in Uganda despite being a left arm medium bowler who played in three One Day Internationals (ODI) tournaments under the East African Cricket team in 1975.

Sam Walusimbi addressing Cricket fans in one of the events at Lugogo

Walusimbi is one of the founding members of Wanderers Cricket Club and he also did a great job in spreading the game of cricket across the country with clubs like Soroti Cricket Club starting up

The 13th edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is set to take place between October 8 and November 19 in India.

Uganda may not be a contender in the upcoming cricket world cup, the country’s enthusiasm is obvious as the sport has taken root and blossomed on both the local and international levels. This groundbreaking journey reflects Uganda’s incredible progress in the cricket field, with significant consequences echoing across cultural and geographical divisions.

The ICC mandate for the trip is to portray the African continent’s vast traditional and cultural history. The trophy will be delivered to the India High Commission after its arrival on Saturday. The following day, Sunday 27th August 2023, it will depart for the state house in Entebbe, followed by the highly anticipated cricket festival where the trophy will be displayed to the general public. 

At the cricket festival, a number of activities will take place including a replica of the world cup tournaments, entertainment, bouncing castles, and a general get-together to celebrate the love of cricket in Uganda.

The trophy will begin its tour through Kampala, then head to Jinja on Monday, August 28th, 2023, in collaboration with the Uganda Tourism Board and Bar Aviation, and will conclude the following day at the Uganda Parliament. 

Don’t forget to follow the Uganda Cricket Association on social media for updates every day. This is not only about cricket; it’s also a chance for Uganda to shine on the world stage.

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP TROPHY TOUR TO UGANDA SCHEDULE.

Sat 26th Aug 2023 Entebbe  /Kampala  Arrival at EBB

The trophy arrives at Ebb 2:25 pm

Venue: India High Commission 6-9 pm

World Cup Trophy welcome dinner with partners, sponsors, and other stakeholders.

Sun 27th Aug 2023 – Entebbe

Venue: State House Entebbe

Trophy unveiling by H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni & First lady.

Kampala

Venue: Kyambogo Cricket Oval 10am –5pm

Cricket Festival – Mini-Cricket World cup softball tournament.

Photo Opportunity for Cricket Fraternity and General Public.

Mon 28th Aug 2023 – Jinja

Venue: Iconic Sites 8am – 1pm.

Photoshoot

Visual & video at Murchison falls, Source of the Nile, Mahatma Ghandi shrine. 

Venue: Jinja SS Cricket Oval 2 – 3:30pm

Photo opportunity for school teams participating in the Boys Schools Cricket Week.

Tuesday 29th Aug 2023 – Kampala

Venue: Parliament of Uganda 9-10am

Speaker receiving the trophy.

Trophy departure to the airport at 11am for the 2:45pm flight.

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