Uganda’s senior women netball team, the She Cranes, will be looking to cause an upset against hosts England as the 2019 Netball World Cup gets underway at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
England’s Roses swept Uganda 3-0 in the series played at London’s Copper Box last year and will be outright favourites when the two sides meet.
Uganda, ranked sixth in the world, will seek for a perfect start, or not beat other group D opponents Samoa and Scotland on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
This is Uganda’s third appearance at the Netball World Cup – Uganda finished 13th in 1979 (Trinidad and Tobago) and were eighth in 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
The She Cranes will bank on Captain Peace Proscovia to gun down England. She had stints with England’s Loughborough Lightening before crossing to Australia.
Loughborough’s Mary Nuba Cholhok, Stella Nanfuka and Lilian Ajio will be other pillars for Vincent Kiwanuka’s side.
The Roses on their hand will settle for nothing but a place in this year’s finals – England have never finished outside the top four at a World Cup but have only reached the final once, in 1975.
2019 Netball World Cup – The Brief
The tournament starts with 16 teams competing in four round-robin groups from Friday, 12 July, until Sunday, 14 July.
The top three teams in Group A and B will move through to play in Group F, while the top three sides in Group C and D will move into Group G.
The bottom team from each group in the first preliminary stage will go into Group E and will play off for places 13 to 16.
Teams finishing first and second in groups F and G will go through to the semi-finals on 20 July, with the top-placed team in each group facing the second team in the other group.
The winners of each semi-final will compete for gold in the final, with the losers playing for bronze and the other remaining teams will compete for final placings from fifth to 16th.
Possible Starting Seven:
Stella Nanfuka (GK), Sylvia Nanyonga (GD), Lilian Ajio (WD), Jessica Achan (WA), Betty Kizza (C), Rachael Nanyonga (GA), Peace Proscovia (GS)
Friday, July 12 – Opening Fixture
*Australia Vs Northern Ireland
*Zimbabwe Vs Sri Lanka
*New Zealand Vs Malawi
*Barbados Vs Singapore
*Jamaica Vs Fiji
*South Africa Vs Trinidad and Tobago
*England Vs Uganda – 7PM
*Scotland Vs Samoa