When the Uganda She Cranes team made it to the 2015 Netball World Cup for the first time since 1979 two months ago everything seemed to being going according to expectation.
Financial concerns did not cloud excitement for a team which believed it could progress from a pool including Wales, Fiji and fellow African minnows Zambia.
Playing at their first Indoor Netball World Cup but second overall, Uganda She Cranes recorded their best ever finish having ranked eighth of the sixteen teams that took part.
However not all has been well since the side returned. First it was the heartbreaking way left some players left for their homes by casual transport means despite an emphatic warm welcome back home from the World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
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Then, the monster – death proved to be humanity’s worst enemy as Harriet Apako, who was part of Uganda She Cranes world cup squad in Australia left the World to go meet her creator in heaven.
And now, another She Cranes star Elizabeth Atonet is on the edge of misfortune because she urgently needs financial help to undergo an arthroscopic knee surgery at CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital, Kisubi, Entebbe.
Atonet, who badly needs assistance before October 27 with just four days away, damaged her knee in June and limped out of the 20-man She Cranes squad which was training for the recently concluded Netball World Cup in Australia.
Ever since then, with now four months gone, Atonet’s netball dreams seem to way too far from redemption with her National Insurance Corporation (NIC) Club and the national team as she earnestly waits from help from anyone.
“That’s why I humbly appeal to whoever is willing and able to help me, it’s getting worse and I don’t want to miss this opportunity,” she pleaded to Daily Monitor.
“At first, I didn’t want to bother anyone, hoping that I would be fine with the mild treatment I got,” she said.
Her pain of missing the World Cup today still lives in her knee and an MRI Scan four weeks ago revealed her anterior cruciate ligament is severely damaged. She needs at least Shs 10 million to undergo knee arthroscopy.