Isaneez Emmanuel was born on Christmas Day, 1986. A native of Jinja, Uganda, Emmanuel still has his hometown as his base, from which he travels all over the country for his work. He is the youngest of 3 children, and while his brother introduced him to the sport Emmanuel is the one who continues to play, supported by his two elder siblings. He completed his A-levels at Jinja Secondary School, and hopes to one day go to University to continue studying.
Emmanuel’s Cricket Story
Emmanuel started playing cricket while still at Spire Road Primary School, where he was inspired to take up cricket by his bother Tonny, “honestly I loved football but after I hit one cricket ball bowled from my brother Tonny, I felt something different in me”. A fearsome fast bowler, in 2002 he represented Uganda in the U17 East Africa tournament, emerging as champions. He then went on to represent Uganda in the U19 World Cups in 2003 and 2005 in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. In 2005 he made the senior team, representing Uganda in an ICC tournament Dublin. He currently plays in the Ugandan domestic competition for Patidar CC.
Emmanuel’s CWB Story
In 2014 Emmanuel had been dropped from the National team and was living in his hometown of Jinja. He received a call from the Ugandan Cricket Association, telling him to get ready to help a CWB project that was due to be delivered in Kamuli, Lugazi and Masindi. Seeing this as an opportunity to turn his life around, following the disappointment of losing his spot in the national side, Emmanuel seized the opportunity with both hands. Emmanuel immediately brought into the CWB ethos of using cricket to change lives, ultimately resulting in his appointment as Uganda’s first Ambassador.
Emmanuel coaches school sessions during term times, and on cricket camps in the school holidays. He is passionate about cricket and takes every opportunity to play or coach. He has begun delivering coach education to teachers in areas where cricket is well established, and continues to strive to find ways to use cricket to change lives every day. He is passionate about helping others be the best they can be.
In his own words…
“I am pleased to have this golden opportunity that CWB gave to me. This work has changed by life and so many other kids have benefited from CWB projects which are warmly welcomed by their schools and communities. I have picked myself up and now was chosen in a 15-man national team squad, preparing to play in the Division 3 World League. I love CWB work because it’s changing so many lives here, all the groups I have worked under have been fantastic and I have learned a lot of new things that I thought were minor in life. I work to change as many lives as possible through cricket under CWB.”