The Uganda Cricket Association has announced Martin Ondeko as their new CEO at a press conference held on Friday at the Copper Chimney in Lugogo.
Ondeko who has been the Operations Manager of UCA was a favorite among all applicants and he beat off some stiff competition for the job.
He has worked with the association since 2005 and his knowledge of the local environment gave him an edge over other applicants who were seeking for the role.
This move is deemed as one of ensuring continuity for the association with the new CEO tasked with building on what was started by the former CEO Justine Ligyalingi.
The quest for a new CEO started at the end of February when it was announced at the UCA AGM that Justine Ligyalingi will be leaving the association after eight years.
The process conducted by UCA together with an HR firm attracted a lot of applications from the fraternity with the likes of former Cricket Cranes captain Davis karashani showing interest in the position.
After 2 months of the process the boards choose to go with Martin Ondeko as the new CEO and his first order of business will be to deal with the broken relationship between the Cricket Association and the National Council of Sports.
Ondeko in his first address to the press as CEO of UCA was full of pride that he was chosen amongst the applicants.
“I am delighted that the board has chosen me amongst the many applicants and promise to take on my role with a lot of pride.
Ondeko first worked for UCA as the administrative manager in 2005 and soon earned a promotion to the role of Operations manager in 2013.
He has been working in the capacity of acting CEO ever since Justine Ligyalingi left in March but will now assume the full role at the association.
A very competent batsman wicket keeper, Ondeko has to now move his skills from the playing field to the desk.
His tenure will run for three years.