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Netball Nations Cup Soars Uganda Sky-high

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Fact File: Uganda’s National Netball Team

Prior to this month, the side hasn’t played outside of Africa since 1979.

She Cranes was unranked by the time of the tournament; the team only secured government funding at the last minute to make it to the Singapore Six Nation tournament after making a plea for public help via the Speaker of Parliament, Hon Rebecca Kadaga.

The trouble didn’t end there; the Uganda side missed their flights, meaning they had to forfeit their opening match.

They arrived on day two of the competition – arriving just six hours before their first match, and beat Ireland 54-41 after a 10-hour flight. What zeal and patriotism can challenge theirs?

Uganda then faced Papua New Guinea, apparently still suffering from the jet lag.

The She Cranes were trailing by 14 goals at half-time – a finals berth looked way out of sight.

They then managed a spectacular turn-around led by towering captain, Peace Proscovia, and crafty wing attacker, Nakachwa Halima, to draw the match 52-52 to stay in grand final contention.

Uganda then crushed ladder-leaders Singapore and thrashed a hapless Sri Lanka side to make the grand finale against the odds, just edging out Papua New Guinea on percentage.

Uganda dominated the grand final beating Singapore 52-29 in front of 2,000 home fans; the win gives them a netball world ranking for the first time in its history.

Captain Proscovia led the team to victory

It may be a hard time and year to tell, going into the tournament when even the league stopped by the construction of new courts at Nakivubo, wouldn’t expect such performance.

Even before, the She Cranes had won the African Women Netball Championship in Malawi after moving almost five days by bus but the team endured the journey hardship.

They only received Shs 100,000 each from National council of sports.

Peace Proscovia, one of the young players on the team has only captained the team for one year since Amono Florence decided to retire from captainship of the national team.

Wing attacker, Nakachwa Halima smiles for the camera after leading the team to success

Proscovia seems to have no future in the game, “in five years I don’t think I will be still playing the game of netball since there are no attractive earnings in it,” she told Chimpreports recently.

Currently, it is uncertain when the league for this year will come to an end since clubs have no facilitation for their players to move to Namboole.

More so, the netball courts in Nakivubo are still under re-construction.


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