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Kenya's 2003 World Cup semi-final team: Where are they now?

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The Kenyan team reached the semi-finals of the 2003 ICC World Cup

The 2003 ICC World Cup campaign was a disappointing one for India despite doing very well to reach the finals. It was heartbreaking to watch the team crumble in the face of the mighty Aussies against whom India lost their only match in the group stages en route to the final. For the associate member team Kenya, however, the ride was a little different.

Becoming the first non-test playing nation to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup, the Kenyan team had a dream run losing to South Africa and West Indies in the group stages and getting past New Zealand, Canada and Sri Lanka to ensure a place in the knockout rounds. Their fairy tale progress came to an end when the Indian cricket team denied them a win and consequently, their chance to play in the final.

The match was a noticeably one sided one with only captain Steve Tikolo putting up any resistance to the dominating Indians. We take a look at where the members of this team, one that brought unparalleled glory to their nation, are at present.

1. Steve Tikolo

Steve Tikolo
Steve Tikolo was the only player who put up a fight in the semi-finals.

    It has often been speculated that Steve Tikolo as a player was probably too good for Kenya and deserved a country far better suited to accommodate his brilliance. Widely hailed as the best player Kenya produced, Tikolo captained this Kenyan side in the 2003 ICC World Cup and led them further than anyone expected them to go.

    In his final game in the tournament against India (following which Kenya was knocked out), Tikolo registered a score of 56 off 83 balls which included five fours and two sixes.

    The batsman completed a hundred appearances for Kenya in 2007 and in 2008 and captained the Eastern Aces team in his country's domestic tournament. His last appearance as Kenya captain came in the 2010 ICC World Cup qualifiers after which Tikolo walked out on his team having successfully secured a place in the 2011 World Cup.

    In 2013 he was coach of the Kenyan U19 national side and was named interim coach of the senior side replacing Robin Brown. Tikolo continued his coaching role and In 2016, he was appointed head coach of the Ugandan national cricket team.

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