Lacrosse Cranes introduce African Kitengi in San Diego with Jamaican collaboration

Lacrosse Cranes are Africa's sole team at the World Championships. Uganda Lacrosse

SPORTS GIST Lacrosse Cranes introduce African Kitengi in San Diego with Jamaican collaboration

Moses King 16:05 - 22.06.2023

In a display of true Ugandan spirit, the Lacrosse men's national team proudly showcased the African Kitengi fabric on the world stage during the opening ceremony of the World Championships held in San Diego on Wednesday evening.

As the sole African representative at the championships, the Uganda team was responsible for presenting African fashion by donning well-tailored Kitengi shirts.

Initially utilised by Arab merchants, Kikoy has now gained immense popularity as one of the most sought-after fabrics.

Its distinct rolled fringes, intricate woven designs, and striped sides create exquisite patterns that subtly represent the colours of the national flag, lending a sense of identity.

Amidst the festive atmosphere, the Lacrosse Cranes engaged in a delightful exchange with their Jamaican counterparts, showcasing the vibrant cultural fusion through dance and music.

Lacrosse Cranes at the opening ceremony. Twitter/Uganda lacrosse

Uganda is in Group B for the tournament, alongside Japan, Wales, Denmark, and France, with the matches set to commence tonight.

The World Lacrosse Championship will be held in San Diego, USA, from June 21 to July 1. Leading the 23-man Ugandan team is Captain Keith Lubangakene.

The team composition

Captain: Keith Lubangakene

Goalkeepers: Andrew Asimwe, Allan Amone, Daniel Otimu

Defenders: Innocent Anyala, Shaban Pitta, Benard Otim, Phillips Max, Damson Lyaleng

Long-speed 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 Lyaleng

Attackers: Swaibu Meliga, Benjamin Ojok, Faisal Nsubuga, Finn Phillips