Ugandan cricket coach Johan Rudolph is calling for his squad to believe in their abilities heading into today's one-day cricket World Cup qualifying tournament second round match against Papua New Guinea at Pukekura Park.
Uganda coming off a heavy seven wicket loss against the Netherlands in the opening round of the competition at Mt Maunganui last Monday.
"We got a brilliant start," Rudolph said yesterday. "But unfortunately the wheels came off. We were 90 odd for two then a total middle order collapse saw us bowled out for 150. We allowed the spin bowlers to just take charge of the game. The fielders from our side did not try any initiative to swing the momentum of the game. They just went into conservative mode and wickets kept falling.
Rudolph, whose son Jacques Rudolph played for South Africa, said even allowing for the Netherlands being a division one team and Uganda a division below the loss to the Netherlands was very disappointing.
Our form in warm up games had been very good. Better than a lots of the other teams including the Netherlands," he said
"We need to take the momentum of those performances with us."
Uganda were runners-up at the ICC World Cricket League third division tournament in Bermuda last year, which earned them a place in the qualifying tournament.
Since then they have beaten division one country Canada on in a pre-tournament match.
"We scored 248-8 and bowled them out for 170. It was outstanding," said Rudolph.
He said today's match was all about bouncing back and staying in the second division which is critical to the development of the game in Uganda.
"We need to back our abilities - we've got good players here and we need to believe in ourselves tomorrow. That's the big thing."
That's what I'm saying to the guys. If you want to be competitive you have to score 100s. The sexy 20's and the sexy 30's are going to take you nowhere."
Uganda has no soft games in the tournament playing sides that have had much more exposure in terms of list and ODI matches than their opposition.
"Basically, for our guys it's a jump from club level to [international] level," said Rudolph.
He said cricket is big in Uganda. "There was a huge British influence in the 60s and 70s so obviously that is cricket."
Uganda were leaving the naming of their 12 until this morning, but Rudolph was not expecting too many if any changes from the side that played Netherlands.
Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea will be full of condidence following their shock win over Kenya last Monday at Pukekura Park and looking to make it back to back victories today.
Papua New Guinea: Chris Amini (c), Charles Amini, Mahuru Dai, Willie Gavera, Raymond Haoda, Geraint Jones, Chris Kent, Vani Vagi Morea, Kila Pala, Pipi Raho, Lega Siaka, Tony Ura, Assad Vala, Norman Vanua, Jack Vare. Head coach: Peter Anderson. Specialist Coach: Paul Strang
Uganda: Davis Arinaitwe (c), Brian Masaba, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Roger Mukasa, Phillemon Selowa, Benjamin Musoke, Abram Mutyagaba, Frank Nsubuga, Patrick Ochan, Faruk Ochimi, Richard Okia, Raymond Otim, Hamza Saleh, Lawrence Sematimba, Charles Waiswa. Coach: Johan Rudolph
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