Stella Nanfuka Credit: Courtesy
Stella Nanfuka Credit: Courtesy

It is about two months to the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England and preparations for Uganda (She Cranes) are still going on.

The She Cranes team that will feature at the World Cup is starting to take shape with the provisional team now trimmed.

Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) on Friday named a team of twenty players that will continue with training ahead of the World Cup slated to throw off on July 12th 2019.

This means that the number reduces by 17 from the 37 players that were initially summoned and have been training for the last month.

The squad has two professional players ose are skipper Peace Proscovia and Mary Nuba who ply their trade in Australia and England respectively.

National Insurance Corporation (NIC), fresh from winning the East Africa netball championship, have the lion’s share in terms of representation with seven players making the summoned team.

These include; Stella Oyella, Martha Soigi, Rachael Nanyonga, Ruth Meeme, Betty Kiiza, Joan Nampungu and Stella Nanfuka.

Some of the new faces on the team include Namutebi Hindu of Police netball club plus KCCA duo of Norah Lunkuse and Fauzia Nakibuule

Desire Obua and Zam Sera both from NIC Netball Club are the notable players that have failed to make the summoned squad.

While naming the squad at Kati Kati Restaurant, Lugogo, UNF Vice President in charge of Administration, William Bwambale indicated the team named will start training on Monday 15th April 2019 at Lugogo indoor stadium.

“The team named will start non residential training on Monday in Lugogo. We thank the government for the financial support and the preparations will go on as planned,” he said.

The She Cranes have already confirmed a friendly game against Zimbabwe Gems at the end of the month.

The final team of 12 players will be named two weeks to the World Cup according to UNF PRO Wilberforce Muteete.

The She Cranes is under the tutorship of six of coaches, that is Vincent Kiwanuka (head coach), Nelson Bogere, Rashid Mubiru, Robert Kisitu, Imelda Nyongesa and Wilberforce Mutete (trainer).

Full Provisional Squad

  • NIC: Rachael Nanyonga, Betty Kiiza, Stella Oyella, Joan Nampungu, Ruth Meme, Martha Soigi, Betty Kiiza, Stella Nanfuka
  • KCCA: Irene Eyaru, Susan Atino, Fauzia Nakibuule, Irene Akello, Muhaimuna Namuwaya, Shaffie Namwanje, Norah Lunkuse
  • Prisons: Lilian Ajio, Sylvia Nanyonga, Jesca Achan
  • Police: Hindu Namutebi
  • Professionals: Peace Proscovia Drajole (Sunshine Lightning, Australia) and Mary Nuba (Loughborough Lighting, England)

Joel Muyita

Joel Muyita is a senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports.

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