Uganda is a top-three netball playing country on the continent. Having fallen to top-ranked South Africa in their first game at the Spar Challenge on Thursday, it was almost certain Uganda would bounce back against Namibia.

And on Friday, March 26, the She Cranes of Uganda overwhelmed Namibian Debmarine Desert Jewels, playing to a comfortable 21-goal win in their second game at the Tri-Nations series.

Uganda was firmly in control throughout the game played at the Cape Town International Convention Centre even when Namibia came to within two goals in the second half.

After the first quarter, the She Cranes had a 12-6 lead. Namibia fought back in the second quarter, and at some point cut the deficit to just two goals and outscored the Ugandans by 11-10 but that was the only quarter in which they scored in double figures.

Irene Eyaru of Uganda (R) and Juzelri Garbers of Namibia compete for the ball in their game during the SPAR Challenge at the CTICC in Cape Town on 26 March 2021. Credit: Reg Caldecott

Uganda, however, stepped up a gear in the second half with their short passing to quickly find Anisha Muhameed Nakatte and Irene Eyaru in the circle and left Namibia floundering.

Namibia’s at times careless passing only played to Uganda’s cause. Little surprise, therefore, that goal defender Joan Nampungu, who made several deflections and steals, was named the player of the game.

By the end of the third quarter, She Cranes were sixteen goals (37-21) ahead, having restricted Namibia to just four goals during the quarter in which Florence Adunia and Sarah Nakiyunga were also given a run by head coach Rashid Mubiru.

Joan Nampungu Credit: Reg Caldecott

Action at the Spar Challenge continues on Saturday with Uganda playing South Africa’s U21 side the SPAR Baby Proteas and while the senior team SPAR Proteas take on Namibia.

Uganda’s Staring 7: Anisha Muhameed (GS), Irene Eyaru (GA), Susan Mamie Mukala (WA), Stella Oyella (C), Prevas Kayeny (WD), Joan Nampungu (GD), Shaffie Nalwanjja (GK)

Stella Oyella of Uganda (R) and Monica Gomases of Namibia compete for the ball in their game during the SPAR Challenge at the CTICC in Cape Town on 26 March 2021. Credit: Reg Caldecott

Uganda’s Results & Fixtures

  • Thursday, March 25: South Africa 49-34 Uganda
  • Friday, March 26: Uganda 49-28 Namibia
  • Saturday, March 27: South Africa U21 vs. Uganda – 5:00pm (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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