Sonyanga Ole Ngais is the Captain of Maasai Cricket Warriors, a community from Laikipia, Kenya who loves to Play Cricket and has achieved great recognition from all around the World. A few years ago Maasai Community didn't even knew about Cricket. Thanks to Alia Bauer, Coach for Maasai Cricket Warriors, who introduced Cricket to this community. Sonyanga is currently pursuing his Bachelors degree and is also a certified Level 2 Coach by CWB. Sonyanga told that for Maasai, Cricket is not just a game, albeit its a tool to spread the message that will educate society against retrogressive acts.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Sonyanga Ole Ng’ais
Date of Birth: 24/05/1989
Playing Role: Captain, All-Rounder
Batting Style: Drives
Bowling Style: Off-Spinner
Country: Laikipia, Kenya.
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
At the moment I am a cricket player and Captaining at Maasai Cricket Warriors, I am also the founder and coach at Maasai Cricket Ladies, I am a certified Level 2 coach by Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB). I am now a first year student taking a Bachelors Degree in Communication Electronic Media at DAYSTAR UNIVERSITY, Kenya. The Maasai Cricket Warriors don’t just play cricket, but we also use it as a tool to spread messages that will educate our society on retrogressive acts in the society, among the things we do are spreading messages on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Environmental Conservation, Girl Child Education, Healthy Living among the youths, spreading messages on HIV/AID's awareness.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
I am playing cricket currently at the Maasai Cricket warriors and Captaining the team. I started playing Cricket in the year 2007, I Played in the Last Man Stand (LMS) World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012 and at Lords, The Home of Cricket, England in 2013 where we won two games. I play a good cricket and I believe I can do better.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I am not playing for any other club other than The Maasai Cricket Warriors. I am not working but rather I am studying now.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
We are working so hard to have some of our players playing for big clubs and even join the national team. We are working hard to rectify some mistakes in the field, and work so much on our batting and fielding.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
We have a website and several social media pages,
Pages: Twitter: @MaasaiCricket
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
We Played in the Last Man Stand (LMS) World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012 and at Lords, The Home of Cricket, England in 2013 where we won two games. We are planning for one trip this year to Tanzania in August to compete against The Dik Diks Cricket Team. We have an ongoing progress of a trip to Australia coming 2016 January. It will be a cricket related trip, we are waiting for a confirmation of the trip.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
We are ready to take any cricket tour to any country in the world; we would even like to pay a visit to India for a tournament or a coaching camp. To me I would also love to travel to West Indies, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Cricket is not famous in Kenya with most of the players situated in big Cities like Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru. We play in rough grounds and playing cricket is so challenging, in our place there are no nearby teams to play against, with most of the players walking more than 30KM and merging at the field for trainings. We would really appreciate if Cricket Kenya could come and support us fully, so that we can keep spreading cricket to other areas.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
If cricket is incorporated into the schools curriculum then so many students will get a chance to be informed about cricket. Also if cricket grounds are built with the availabilities of cricket equipment then cricket will spread to so many people, and they will develop a passion for it.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
Maasai Cricket Warriors
Rift Valley cricket Club.
Ruaraka Selctie Cricket Club.
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
I would love to nominate Maasai Cricket Ladies since it is an upcoming club and team which I founded, and we would really appreciate if we get this consideration.
13. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
In the 2015 cricket world championship, I was supporting South Africa.
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