BY JUMA ALI
The Uganda National netball team, She Cranes, today afternoon have been flagged -off to Wales today, Friday January 5th for test series tournament.
The flagging off ceremony was held at copper chimney, Lugogo by state minister for sports, Hon. Peter Ogwang who was by members of National Council of Sports led by chairman Mr. Ambrose Tashobya, General Secretary Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel and Mr. David Katende, together with UOC president Dr. Donald Rukare and Uganda Netball Federation Nominalization committee president, Mr. Moses Mwase.
The team comprises of thirteen and seven technical team members. The 13 players traveling include, Lillian Achola, Florence Adunia, Mercy Batamuliza, Mary Nuba, Irene Eyaru as team captain, Margret Baagala as assistant team captain, Hanisha Muhammed, Faridah Kandondi, Christine Nakitto, Sarah Nakiyunga, Sandra Nambirige, Christine Namulumba and Shadiah Nassanga.
While the technical team comprises of, Fred Mugerwa head coach, Peace Proscovia assistant coach, Anyakoit Cecilia team manager, Leticia Namutebi administrator, Stephen Norman physiotherapist, Kial faith media attache and Dr Sarah Muwonge Nkonge as chaperone.
One of the experienced players, Stella Nanfuka was left out of the travelling squad, this was a bad news to her and the Netball fans who were confidence of her traveling with the team.
“The game is like that, today is you then tomorrow is someone but i will continue working hard”, Nanfuka states.
The She Cranes will participate in a test series with Wales on 10,12 and 13 January 2024 in Cardiff to be followed by the Vitality Netball Nations Cup involving Australia, Newzealand, England and Uganda. The four days tournament will be played at Wembley stadium in London.
The Nominalization committee was appointed in November last year by world Netball to address governance challenges within the federation after the scandalous elected president Hon. Sarah Babirye Kitya was forced out of office following the NCS’s withdrawal of certificate of recognition of the Federation.
The Committee supported the She Cranes with the help of the government to enable the She Cranes complete their one month training camp.
Currently, the She Cranes is ranked seventh in the world and third in Africa.