Uganda will this Saturday, June 24 host the 2017 Africa National Netball championships, a tourney that will run up to June 30 at MTN indoor arena Lugogo.
The Uganda camp was boosted with team Captain Peace Proscovia’s return on Sunday.
Proscovia is the only Ugandan export on the national team, playing for Loughborough in England.
This year’s tournament low highlight will be the absence of African power house South Africa, leaving Malawi the only team to beat for the She Cranes.
The full list of participants includes Uganda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia.
Speaking to ChimpReports, Lillian Ajio the team vice-captain, who plays with Prisons Netball club said; “we as the team and federation had issues of money, but normal work has resumed.”
“Our coach has put in a lot of effort and we are going out to perform to our best.”
Commenting on the absence of South Africa, Ajio said “their absence is going to hurt us because we wanted to see how far they have reached, gauge ourselves so that we can see who is better than the other.”
“Some of us needed at least to learn something new from their players, but of course, that leaves us with a better edge to win the tournament.”
“As a player, and with the confidence of my fellow team mates, am 100 percent sure that we will take the trophy. The only team that will trouble us in the tournament is Malawi, but I believe we will block them,” Added the Ajio Lillian.
Uganda opens up with Botswana at 4pm on Saturday before facing off with Namibia the next day.
The team will return to action on Monday against Malawi Queens then battle with Zimbabwe and Zambia on Wednseday and Thursday respectively.
List of African Netball rankings as of 21st April 2017 (the list caters for matches recorded up to 19th march 2017 International Netball Federation)
Africa Rank Team
- South Africa – (World Rank – 5)
- Malawi – (World Rank – 6)
- Uganda – (World Rank – 13)
- Zambia – (World Rank – 15)
- Zimbabwe – (World Rank – 16)
- Botswana – (World Rank – 18)
- Swaziland – (World Rank – 30)
The top Netball countries in the world are Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica.