Football

She Pearls Edge past Hosts Botswana

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She Pearls players joined by fans after the game

The Uganda U21 netball team put up a resilient performance on Monday to see off hosts Botswana in a thrilling encounter at the ongoing World Netball Youth Cup.

In a closely contested game, the She Pearls held on to eventually win 46-42 in their second game in Pool C in Gaborone, Botswana.

Botswana won the opening quarter 13-10 amidst loud cheers from the home crowd and seemed like they would pull away.

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However, the She Pearls came back rejuvenated in the second period managing 14 goals while Botswana were limited to 10 and heading into halftime, Uganda was leading 24-23.

They would eventually hold on in the final two quarters to win the game 46-42.

This was She Pearls second victory at the tournament after dispatching Malaysia 82-21 in the first game on Sunday.

On the other hand, Botswana have now won two games and lost one. The victory came against Malaysia and Cooks Island.

Uganda returns to court on Tuesday morning (10am) taking on lowly Cooks Island who are yet to win a game and victory will brighten the chances of qualifying to the quarterfinals.

Botswana and Uganda are joint top in Pool C both on six points and the latter has a chance to pull away should they win against Cooks Island.

She Pearls head coach James Bogere stated the game was not easy given the fact that Botswana were at home.

“It was a tough game, they were physical on us and had the home crowd to push them but the girls managed to keep focus and earn the vital win,” he said.

“Their goal shooter was very good and we had short defenders so we had to mark in the central court because whenever the ball would reach the other end it would be a score,” added Bogere.

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