Uganda started the SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations series on a losing note, falling to South Africa 49-34.
While in the end it was a comprehensive victory for the South Africans, the She Cranes competed well, especially in the first half and the start of the third quarter when they took the lead at one stage.
Despite trailing in the early stages of the game, the She Cranes rallied back and trailed by a single goal (11-10) at the end of the first quarter.
The Spar Proteas opened a five-goal lead early in the second quarter but midway through Uganda drew level (17-17) and with two minutes to halftime, She Cranes pulled ahead for the first time (21-20) but the hosts scored two successive goals to end the first half with their noses in front (22-21).
Uganda edged ahead early in the third quarter and it was back-and-forth thereafter until two quick injuries to Shadia Nassanga and Susan Mamie Mukala took the fight out of the She Cranes. From that point, South Africa surged ahead and by the end of the quarter, they had a comfortable 10-goal lead (37-27).
The She Cranes barely competed in the final quarter as South Africa coasted to a seemingly comfortable 15-goal win.
Uganda’s Staring 7: Shadia Nassanga (GS), Irene Eyaru (GA), Sarah Nakiyunga (WA), Stella Oyella (C), Shaffie Nalwanjja (WD), Joan Nampungu (GD), Prevas Kayeny (GK)
Uganda’s Results & Fixtures
- Thursday, March 25: South Africa 49-34 Uganda
- 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)