Uganda’s senior netball team, the She Cranes, are already in Liverpool for the Netball World Cup where they will open with England roses on Friday.
The players had left the country with mixed thoughts after the Federation failed to give them 8000 dollars as earlier promised in the AGM.
With the players threatening to strike, the Netball Federation gave them Sh5M each and promised that they will receive another Sh5M when they reach England.
Assistant captain Lilian Ajio, speaking exclusively to this website after Sunday’s training in Liverpool, noted that the team has not received the balance, but have shifted their focus to playing.
“We have not received the money,” confirmed Ajio. “We came to realise that the problem is not the federation but government has not released the money.”
Ajio also confirmed that captain and star player Peace Proscovia has already joined the team, which is under coach Vincent Kiwanuka.
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Ajio, a mother of twins and a Prisons netball club player, added:
“It’s important for us to participate in this World Cup wholeheartedly because this might be our opportunity to get clubs to play professional netball.”
Uganda, ranked number six according to the ranks released on July 1, have to face England, Scotland and Samoa in group D.
In their preparations to face Uganda, England thrashed Super league champions Manchester Thunder 75-38 on Saturday in their last preparatory game ahead of Friday’s encounter.
She Cranes Squad:
Betty Kizza, Jesca Achan, Joan Nampungu, Lilian Ajio, Mary Nuba Cholock, Muhaymina Namuwaya, Peace Prosovia, Racheal Nanyonga, Ruth Meeme, Stella Nanfuka, Stella Oyella, Sylvia Nanyonga