The Uganda Netball She-Cranes coach Nelson Bogere has decried “intended” sabotage over the availability of professional stars Mary Nuba and Peace Proscovia ahead of the summer World Cup in Liverpool, England.
Bogere has ironically been critical of the way both players will be allowed less time with their national team colleagues before the World Cup.
“I think this has been intended to disorganise the Ugandan team because our opponents know that Uganda relies so much on her professional shooters,” Bogere told Daily Monitor.
Nuba is still busy with Loughborough Lightning and she has to be involved in upcoming games including one against Celtic Dragons on Saturday.
Peace’s season with Sunshine Coast Lightning in Australia has just started with games running from May till late August.
In fact, ahead of the World Cup, she will have to fly business class to England according to her manager Noeline Taurua, a plea William Bwambale, the vice president Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) said they “have no options but to go by.”
Noeline says Peace may be tired because she will have to travel for more than 25 hours from Sunshine Coast in Australia – a reason they have opted for business class.
During the World Cup (from 12–21 July), no games top flight national league games will be played in Australia.
After the showpiece, Peace may have to immediately fly back to Australia because her team will be in action on 27th July against Queensland Firebirds.
Teams like South Africa (Proteas) have also started preparation for the World Cup and eight of their players competing in Australia (Karla Pretorius, Phumza Maweni, Ine-Marie Venter), New Zealand (Lenize Potgieter) and England (Bongi Msomi, Shadine Van de Merwe, Maryka Holtzhausen, Sigi Burger) were also ruled out of their camp.
Uganda is in the same group (D) as England, Samoa and Scotland. Games will run from 12th July to 14th July on court one and two of the M&S Bank Arena.
Uganda’s World Cup Group Stage Fixtures
12 July | 17:00 (BST) England v Uganda M&S Bank Arena (Court One)
13 July | 17:00 (BST) Uganda v Samoa M&S Bank Arena (Court Two)
14 July | 09:00 (BST) Uganda v Scotland M&S Bank Arena (Court Two)