Uganda: Cricket Cranes Swing in Buteme for S&c Gigs


By Allan Darren Kyeyune

Uganda’s senior men’s cricket coach Laurence Mahatlane is not settling for less. Each passing day, he scripts a new path for the Cricket Cranes.

He is instilling a new culture that involves regular and intense sessions, performance-leaning player selection for contracts and last month, there was the first-ever team bootcamp in Entebbe.

Yesterday, Mahatlane invited Helen Koyokoyo Buteme over to the Cricket Cranes’ training session at Lugogo Oval to improve the physical aspects as the team’s maiden Strength and Conditioning (S & C) coach.

Restless Mahatlane

“Laurence thought that I would be able to add something to the Cricket Cranes. He wants them to be fitter, basically better conditioned, stronger, faster,” Buteme said shortly after the workout.

“I saw how much work I have to do. So we had a pretty good session.” Hailing from a rugby background which she has played before at 15s and 7s level, Buteme is selling like a hot pancake. Eight months ago, she was signed up as the S & C coach for Express FC in the Uganda Premier League.

The results in the players’ physique has enormously changed and Express are now title contenders.

The Cricket Cranes have a Tour of Namibia in three weeks’ time as they prepare for the ICC World Cricket Challenge League B in September away in Jersey and Buteme is set to shape them for this. “Some of the stuff was new to the guys and we just went through stuff slowly,” noted Buteme, who holds a Conditioning Coach B licence from Germany’s Leipzig University. “I think they enjoyed it but they have to be careful to balance this because they have a competition soon. I am not going to load their bodies too much. When they come back from Namibia, I will be working with them for longer periods,” added Buteme.

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