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She Cranes Raring To Go Ahead Of SPAR Challenge Series in South Africa

Three match test series
Date: March 24-31
Venue: Cape Town, South Africa


The Uganda Netball Federation has confirmed a 12-player squad that is will travel to South Africa for the upcoming three match Netball test series against Spar Proteas.

A squad of 16 players has been undergoing intensive training at Lugogo under the guise of Coach Rashid Mubiru for the past two-or-so weeks.

However, with the tourney fast approaching, the national team selectors trimmed the squad to 12 players with experienced stalwart Stella Oyella and Irene Eyaru named as Captain and Vice Captain respectively.

Oyella, who turns out for local giants NIC and names 2019 Netball World Cup MVP accolade among her honours, is the most capped player in the squad.

So in the absence of She Cranes Captain Peace Procovia, Oyella will be the lady on whose biceps the armband will rest in the test series.

“We are ready to play the games”, Oyella told pressmen On Monday.

“We have very many young players but we expect to put up good performances in South Africa because the hunger and eagerness to win can be seen among these players” Oyella noted.

Shalilah Shafic, Fauzia Nakibuule, Susan Atino and Asina Kabendela were the culprits that were left out of the final squad.

All members (Players and administrators) expected to travel to South Africa, last Thursday conducted Covid-19 tests at Mulago Hospital on Monday and according to UNF president Susan Anek, all the results returned negative.

The team is currently residing at Materwood Hotel Namugongo with training still conducted in Lugogo.

The tournament was slated for 20-27 January but due to UNF’s plea it was postponed to March 24-31.

The Invite only tournament, that will also see the Ugandan play Namibia, will be officiated by International Federation Umpires and will determine Uganda’s position in the next Netball World rankings.

The test series will also test Uganda’s credentials ahead of this year’s Africa Netball Championships tentatively to be hosted by Namibia.

She Cranes face Bogey side Spar Proteas

Uganda is record against Spar Proteas doesn’t make for a good reading.

The South African side has faced Uganda on four occasions recently and the former has been dominant victors.

She Cranes lost 50-40 and 67-40 against Spar Proteas in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups respectively.

The Ugandan side were once more given a bloody nose at the 2018 Common Wealth games losing 53-42 to South Africa before a 50- 42 thumping at the 2019 African Netball Championships.

She Cranes Travelling Contingent

Players

Hanisha M. Nakate, Shadia Nassanga, Stella Oyella, Irene Eyaru, Sarah Nakiyunga, Susan Mukala, Florence Adunia, Nasiimu Mutesi, Shaffie Nalwanja, Joan Nampungu, Privas Kayeny, Tausi Mumena

Bench officials

Jocelyn Ucanda, Rashid Mubiru, Lina Okee, Priscilla Odonga, Ali Mugisha

Administrators

Susan Anek, Annet Kisomose

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