Suzan Mukala of Uganda in action against Namibia in their game during the SPAR Challenge at the CTICC in Cape Town on 26 March 2021. Credit: Reg Caldecott

The Uganda Netball S Cranes meet World Number two New Zealand on 30th July in the opener at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The game against Silver Ferns will be followed by fixtures against Trinidad & Tobago and England on 31st July and 2nd August respectively.

The She Cranes, drawn in Group B, will then face Northern Ireland on 3rd August before wrapping up their group games against fellow African side Malawi on 4th August. 

The Netball competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games is scheduled for 29th July to 7th August with all games to be played at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

This will be the She Cranes’ second time at the Commonwealth Games having made their debut at the 2018 Gold Coast Games, where they finished sixth overall out of the 12 countries that took part.

Qualification Process

The final six that will compete at the Birmingham Games include Uganda, Scotland, Wales, Trinidad & Tobago, Northern Ireland, and Barbados who qualified for the event by virtue of their World Netball ranking as of 31st January 2022.

During this qualification period, Uganda moved up to 6th place, above already qualified Malawi. Scotland, Wales, Trinidad & Tobago and Northern Ireland then qualified due to being ranked 8-11, whilst Barbados qualified despite being in 13th place because 12th placed Zimbabwe is not a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The newly announced teams join Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, South Africa, and Malawi who were announced as the first six qualifiers in October 2021 according to their ranking positions as of the 21st July 2021.

GROUP A  (World Ranking)                       

  • AUSTRALIA (1)                  
  • JAMAICA (4)
  • SOUTH AFRICA (5)
  • SCOTLAND (8)
  • WALES (9)
  • BARBADOS (12)

GROUP B (Rank)

  • NEW ZEALAND (2)
  • ENGLAND (3)
  • MALAWI (7)
  • UGANDA (6)
  • TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (10)
  • NORTHERN IRELAND (11)         

Aisha Nassanga

Contributor at Kawowo Sports

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