Roger Mukasa

Despite not winning both titles, Ugandan franchises Rwenzori Warriors and Nile Knights returned from Nairobi on Monday with a collective prize of K.Shs1.2m (Shs34m) to prove their dominance over their Kenyan opponents.A depleted Warriors side, playing without talisman Roger Mukasa, lost to Knights by five wickets in the Twenty20 East Africa Premier League final at Nairobi Gymkhana Oval on Saturday but they can now rub away the tears.

Mukasa, currently with Lenasia CC in South Africa, was recognised as the player of T20 event and his coach Henry Okecho picked a cash prize of K. Shs50,000 (Ug. Shs.1.3m) on his behalf. Mukasa scored 321 runs and snared 10 wickets.

His teammate Jonathan Ssebanja, stood out in the final with figures of 3 for 5 and was rewarded with K.Shs25,000 (Shs690,000).

The Warriors received K.Shs200,000 (Ug.Shs5.55m) for finishing second.

Knights, too, picked Shs5.5m despite succumbing to an 84-run defeat to Kongonis in the 50-over East African Cup final on Sunday. But it is the K.Shs750,000 (Ug. Shs21m) they received for winning the T20 final that they savoured most.

Rift Valley Rhinos’ medium pacer Mitesh Saghani, who claimed 19 wickets from 64 overs was the 50-over EAC player of the tournament whereas Kongonis ended Nile Knights’ chase for a double to scoop the bragging rights as the inaugural 50-over regional champions.

By Innocent Ndawula, Daily Monitor

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