Uganda Cricket drops Suji as national head coach

By usher komugisha
Jun 05, 2021
  • Former Uganda Cricket coach Martin Suji.(Photo:UCA)

The Uganda Cricket Association has parted ways with the men's senior national team head coach Martin Suji and the batting coach Steve Tikolo.

According to a statement by UCA CEO Justine Ligyalingi the Association will not renew Sju's contract which run out on May 31 bringing to an end a three-year reign that also saw him in charge of the women's senior national team for a year and the Warriors franchise team during the East Africa Premier League and Cup in 2011.

Speaking exclusively to Sportsnewsarena.com, Suji said that, "It has been an honour working with the players and I wish them the very best."

Suji won the 2011 Africa Division Twenty20 titles with both the men and women's teams as well as the East Africa Premier League title with the Warriors.

Suji, a long time opening bowler, featured for Kenya in four ICC Cricket World Cups (1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007).

He is renowned worldwide for picking the most important wicket while playing against India at the World Cup and that is the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, a man is considered the best batsman in the world.

Suji played alongside Tikolo for more than a decade while featuring for Kenya at the big stage and retired after the 2007 World Cup.

The right handed batsman who turned 42, three days ago was also popular among the youngsters at the Lugogo cricket oval, a venue widely considered as the home of cricket in Uganda.

UCA yet to find replacement

Working with the national team according to their work and school schedules throughout the day, Suji was a regular at Lugogo and was widely considered as a positive coach given his reactions after losses.

He was also one not to easily get carried away by a winning streak or a good run of great results.

Suji's last involvement with the men's senior team was at the ICC World Cricket League Division three tournament hosted in Bermuda last month where Uganda qualified to take part in the ICC World Cup Qualifier that will be hosted in New Zealand in January 2014.

Uganda defeated the hosts Bermuda, Italy, USA and Nepal to qualify for the finals against Nepal which they lost eventually.

On return from Bermuda, Tikolo was appointed head coach of the Kenya U-19 national boys' team for the just concluded Pepsi ICC Cricket Division 1 U-19 World Cup Qualifying tournament that was held in Kampala.

Kenya finished second failing to qualify for the big stage.

UCA has appointed former national team player Henry Oketcho as the assistant coach while they look around for the next coach to replace Suji. (Kampala)