Uganda, Africa’s lone representative at the 2023 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship are set to return to the World stage for the third time.
Uganda competed in the 2014 (USA) and 2018 (Israel) championships finiushing 34th and 40th respectively.
The team is now poised for the San Diego Championship between 21st June – 1st July 2023.
The Lacrosse Cranes still in search of $100,000 for the trip are tentatively set to depart Kampala on 15th June 2023, the 26 man squad has been training since March.
A source told Afrosports.news that they are confident of making the trip, at the moment, only $30,000 has been realised from well wishers within and outside Uganda.
HOW TO SUPPORT THE TEAM
World Lacrosse is a US-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serving as the fiscal sponsor for the Men’s Ugandan National team.
2023 Men’s Ugandan National Team
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Memo: 2023 Men’s Ugandan National Team
Uganda defeated rivals Kenya 9-8 at the Kenton College Preparatory School in Nairobi city to secure the slot.
Thirty (30) countries will take part in this tournament with hosts United States of America (USA), Canada, Haudenosaunee, Australia, England, Japan, Israel, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy, Latvia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Denmark, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, New Zealand, Hong Kong – China, Korea and Africa’s only representative, Uganda.
Uganda Lacrosse senior men’s national team.
Goalkeepers: Andrew Asiimwe, Allan Amone, Daniel Otimu
Defenders: Innocent Anyala, Shaban Pitta, Benard Otim, Phillips Max, Damson Iyaleng
Long stick midfielders: Chris Palanda, Micheal Ochan
Defensive midfielders: Solomon Adiyo, Francis Odong, Martin Komakech
Midfielders: Roger Anywar, Keith Lubangakene, Owen Waluku, John Brian Mukaga, George Ogik, Yosef Ngowe, Paul Mbusa, Edward Komakech, Aaron Iyaleng
Attackers: Swaibu Meliga, Benjamin Ojok, Faisal Nsubuga, Finn Phillips
What you need to know about the championship.
The 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship presented by Rady’s Children Hospital is just under a month away, with the competition set for June 21 to July 1 in San Diego, California, USA.
This year’s event, the 14th edition of the men’s world championship, features 30 teams vying for the sport’s biggest prize – 20 teams earned their spot in the championship after the first-ever set of continental qualifiers over the past two years.
The United States will host the event for the fourth time after previously hosting in 1982, 1988 and 2014. The hosts will be looking for their second consecutive title and avenge the 2014 loss in the gold medal game on home soil in Denver to rivals Canada. The two teams battled to the wire in 2018 in Israel, when the United Scores scored the gold-medal-winning goal with one second remaining.
The full 107 game-schedule can be found with field designations and start times in local time (PDT, UTC-7:00) here. The schedule broken down by each pool can be found here.
San Diego State’s newly constructed 32,000-seat Snapdragon Stadium will be the site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, opening game, semifinals, and medal games. Meanwhile, USD’s Torero Stadium will host a majority of featured tournament games with a capacity of 6,000 spectators.
All remaining games will take place on SDSU’s campus among four adjacent fields, anchored by SDSU Sports Deck, the 1,500-seat home of the university’s soccer programs.
The 30 teams are split into six pools of five, with the top five nations in the rankings Pool A. The top two A pool teams will advance directly to the quarterfinals, while the remaining three teams from the A pool will join the top nine teams from pools B-F (five first-place finishers and four second-place finishers) in the first round of the playoffs on June 27 to determine the remaining teams in the quarterfinals, which kick off on June 28. Full information on seeding, format and progression for pool play can be found here.
Additional information from World Lacrosse