National Teams Netball

Africa Netball Championship: She Cranes Start Title Defense Against Zimbabwe

Friday, October 18
*South Africa Vs Lesotho
*Kenya Vs Zambia
*South Africa Vs Malawi
*Uganda Vs Zimbabwe

Uganda’s senior netball team, the She Cranes, will have their title on the line when the Africa Netball Championship starts at the Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town in South Africa on October 18-22, 2019.

The She Cranes, who have won the last two editions, start their defense against Zimbabwe in an 8PM clash.

The sides meet 89 days since they faced off at a World Cup stage, Uganda winning 58-47 to finish seventh then in Liverpool, England.

Also read – How Uganda Beat Zimbabwe In World Cup

Prior to the World Cup, Uganda had played four friendlies with Zimbabwe Gems at the Allen VR Stanley Arena in Nakirebe, Masaka road this year. Uganda won 57-53, 57-53, 58-48 and 58-54.

However, much has changed since.

The side will be coached by Rashid Mubiru and assisted by Beatrice Zawadi.

Related – Mubiru Replaces Kiwanuka as She Cranes Coach

Notably, the side will not be with Peace Proscovia after picking an injury while on club duty for Australia’s Sunshine Coast lightning.

Racheal Nanyonga, Lilian Ajio and Namuwaya Muhayimuna are not part of the team as well despite being integral in the World Cup.

Mary Nuba Cholock and Stella Oyella will carry Uganda’s hopes going to a tourney where hosts South Africa are outright favourites.

Coached by Lloyd Makunde and Captained by Perpetual Siyachitema, the Gems, finished eighth on their World Cup debut and will seek to defy odds in South Africa.

Uganda will also face neighbours Tanzania and Kenya in group B.

Also Read – Stella Oyella Speaks Before Africa Netball Championship

The She Cranes

Jesca Achan, Privas Kaye, Irene Eyaru, Irene Mirembe, Mary Nuba Cholock, Shaffie Nalwanja, Joan Nampungu, Stella Oyella, Martha Soigi, Hindu Namutebi, Stella Nanfuka

Saturday 19 October

  • Tanzania v Uganda
  • Zimbabwe v Kenya
  • Malawi v Zambia
  • Lesotho v South Africa

Sunday 20 October

  • Malawi v Lesotho
  • South Africa v Zambia
  • Kenya v Uganda
  • Tanzania v Zimbabwe

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