CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 24: L-R: Uganda She Cranes captain Stella Oyella, Uganda She Cranes coach Rashid Mubiru,Spar Protea head coach Dorette Badenhorst, Spar Protea captain Bongi Msomi, Namibia Debmarine Desert Jewels coach Julene Meyer and Namibia Debmarine Desert Jewels captain Jatjinda Kambatuku during the SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations Launch press conference at Southern Sun, V&A Waterfront on March 24, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

The 2021 SPAR Challenge throws off today with three of Africa’s top netball nations – South Africa, Uganda, and Namibia – fighting for top honours for the next seven days.

The International Tri-Nations series will be played at the Cape Town Internation Convention Centre (CTICC), the venue for the 2023 Netball World Cup.

Uganda will be taking on South Africa Proteas in the highlight game of the opening day and She Cranes head coach Rashid Mubiru can’t hide his excitement.

“We are excited to play here because it is an opportunity for us to earn rankings points,” Mubiru said during a pre-tournament press conference.

We are also striving to qualify for next year’s Commonwealth Games and the 2023 World Cup and it will be useful to play at the venue for the World Cup.

Rashid Mubiru, She Cranes head coach

Like the hosts, Uganda will not have their overseas players, Peace Proscovia and Mary Nuba, with Stella Oyella who is captaining the side at the tournament and Joan Nampungu the only members of the current team who played South Africa at the World Cup in 2019.

Uganda’s Fixtures

  • Thursday, March 25: South Africa vs. Uganda – 7:00pm (EAT)
  • Friday, March 26: Uganda vs. Namibia – 7:00pm (EAT)
  • Saturday, March 27: South Africa U21 vs. Uganda – 7:00pm (EAT)
  • Sunday, March 28: Namibia vs. Uganda – 11:00am (EAT)
  • Sunday, March 28: South Africa vs. Uganda – 7:00pm (EAT)
  • Monday, March 29: Uganda vs. Namibia – 7:00pm (EAT)
  • Wednesday, March 31: South Africa vs. Uganda – 5:00pm (EAT)

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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