Former Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) president, Lawrence Mulindwa has extended his characteristic generous giving hand to the Netball fraternity.

On Tuesday morning, during a special luncheon at Banquet Hall, Imperial Resort, Mulindwa announced sponsorship of the national netball league and pledged help in all the preparations of the Uganda Under 21 team that will take part in the world youth netball championships for 2017 in Gaborone, Botswana.

Mulindwa was officially appreciating the victorious national U-21 team that qualified for the 2017 Youth world championships after finishing third in the African qualifiers.

I am like a flower.

I am offering because I do not expect something back, but, as concerned Ugandan. I am offering to attract other partners to netball.

I am giving value to netball so that you can attract other sponsors and generous people can come on board and support netball

He also pledged to feed the players set for the world youth championship on a balanced diet and promised air tickets for the team travel come July 2017.

Present your budget early enough and we plan for the team preparation

Mulindwa called upon the netball federation to consider re-branding as a way of attracting sponsors and partners on board.

He encouraged the players to invest extra hours in training and follow the path of the only netball professional of the country – Peace Proscovia (of UK club Lightening Lourgborough).

The donation is a timely lifeline to the National Netball Federation (UNF) where he has already offered a giant trophy, cash incentives, medals to winners to motivate the league best performers.

In attendance also, was the UNF president, Suzan Anek, players, UNF general secretary Annet Kisomose, coaches, selected umpires and other netball officials.

Team Uganda that traveled to Botswana:

Players:

Goal-Attackers: Joan Nampuugu (St Kitende) – Captain, Sharifa Nalunkuuma (UCU)

Goal Scorers: Seerk Zamu (NIC), Aber Kevin (Police)

Goal-Attacker: Shafie Nalwanja (Exodus S.S)

Wing Defence: Hindu Namutebi (St Julian S.S), Faisal Nakibuule (St Mary’s Kitende)

Wing Attackers: Ramula Nakalyango (UCU), Annet Najjuka (Buddo S.S), Betty Kizza (NIC)

Center: Joyce Nakibuule (UCU)

Goal Keeper: Privos Kayeny (St Mary’s Kitende)

Technical team:

Head coach: James Nelson Bogere

Assistant Coach: Imelda Nyongesa

Accompanying Officials:

Annet Kisomose (Leader of Delegation)

Lucy Ano (Team manager)

Zubeda Nassanga (Umpire)

George William Mwanja (Education ministry)

Final Tally at the World U-21 Netball Qualifiers (Africa Version):

1. South Africa – 14 points
2. Zimbabwe – 12 points
3. Uganda – 10 points
4. Zambia – 8 points
5. Malawi – 6 points
6. Botswana – 4 points
7. Namibia – 2 points
8. Lesotho – 0 points

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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