Uganda netball national team, the She Cranes, have on Monday afternoon departed the country for Cape town, South Africa ahead of the 2019 Africa Netball Championship that throws off on Friday, 18th October.
A contingent comprised of eleven players and ten officials were flagged off by the National Council of Sports Vice-chairman, Administration, Zubair Galiwango in a brief function held in Lugogo.
Uganda goes into the championship as defending champions having on the last two editions held in Kampala and Lusaka in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
While flagging off the team, Galiwango encouraged the team to go and make the country proud because they have proved that they are a dominant force.
“As the government, we are proud of the She Cranes and the team has always brought us joy. I encourage you to go out there and make Uganda proud.”
The team, however, travels without influential captain Peace Proscovia Drajole Agondua who reportedly sustained an injury and thus ruled out of the tournament.
The other notable faces missing on the team include Rachael Nanyonga and Lilian Ajio.
A source within Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) intimated to this website that Ajio was dropped because she is believed to have given out information to the media about the mess that happened in the camp during the World Cup.
Uganda is in pool B alongside Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Tanzania. The other group (Pool A) has hosts South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, and Lesotho.
She Cranes Team
Jesca Achan, Privas Kaye, Irene Eyaru, Irene Mirembe, Mary Nuba Cholock, Shaffie Nalwanja, Joan Nampungu, Stella Oyella, Martha Soigi, Hindu Namutebi, Stella Nanfuka
- Susan Ongom Nowel Anek – UNF President
- Annet Nabayego Kisomose – UNF General Secretary
- Yusuf Kamulegeya – Logistics
- Jocelyn Ucanda – Team manager
- Rashid Mubiru – Head coach
- Beatrice Zawadi – Assistant coach
- Paul Stephen Ataro – Primary Care 1
- Priscilla Ondoga – Primary Care 2
- Cecilia Anyakoit – NCS Member
- Samuel Mpoza Kabuye – Media