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Former Kenya’s cricket great Tikolo to coach Tanzania

By Barry Silah
Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Former Kenyan international Steve Tikolo who has been hired by Tanzania as coach. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO
In summary

Former Kenya national cricket team captain Steve Tikolo has joined Tanzania as head coach for a period of two years.

Tikolo, who ended his three-and-a-half-year stint as coach of Uganda last month, will now be tasked with the responsibility of steering Tanzania to great heights, given his great experience that spans over three decades in the game. 

While being unveiled to the media by Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA)  chairman Premji Pindoria yesterday, Tikolo promised a new dawn for the country. 

“I have a long special relationship with Tanzania, having played here in the 90s and at the turn of the millennium.

I can attest we have talent here but what is needed is more exposure which is why I have come,” said Tikolo. 

“I saw this as a great project and we have agreed with TCA on my mandate and deliverables. I am excited to get started as I learn along the way.

I will also undertake to work with the Under-19 coaches and the women’s team so we have a busy schedule in terms of planning and preparation,” he added.

The former ODI captain, widely regarded as the finest player of his generation, is a Level 3 ICC accredited coach and has also had stints with Kenya Under-19 side and Zimbabwe. 

He notched over 3,400 runs in ODI and 85 wickets in his long career which included leading Kenya to the semi-finals of the 2003 World Cup.