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She Cranes are Africa Netball Champions

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Uganda’s netball team, the She Cranes have gone against all odds to clinch the African Netball champions, the first in the country’s history.

The She Cranes sealed the title on Thursday evening with easing past Zambia 67-50 as the tournament came to an end.

After going the opening four games unbeaten, Uganda needed just victory against Zambia to clinch the trophy and that is exactly what they did.

In a game watched and graced by Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga who was also the guest of honour, Uganda swept through all the four sets amidst loud cheers from the fans.

Right from onset, Uganda proved dominant taking the first set 18-12. The gap grew even bigger in the second set with Uganda leading 37-24 at halftime.

She Cranes opted to rest some of the players including Goal shooter Peace Proscovia who has been impressive throughout the tournament.

Martha Soigi who came on for Peace also had a good show combining well with Rachael Nanyonga and Uganda easily cruised to a 67-50 victory.

The result meant Uganda won her first title on the continent toppling Zimbabwe who had won the previous edition in 2015 in Botswana.

Malawi finished second behind Uganda, while Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia followed in that order.

With the performance at the tournament, Uganda will improve on her rankings which guarantees a place at the Commonwealth games. The top 12 ranked nations qualify for the games.

Uganda’s Results

Uganda 77-29 Botswana

Uganda 69-31 Namibia

Uganda 66-43 Malawi

Uganda 61-45 Zimbabwe

Uganda 67-50 Zambia

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