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She Cranes Records First Win At SPAR Challenge Tri-Nation

The She Cranes bounced from Thursday’s loss against South Africa to record their first win of the tournament by beating Namibia 49-28 in slow paced encounter in Cape town.

Uganda took an early lead of 2-0 off Joan Nampungu’s rebound steal and Oyella’s interceptions around Namibia’s shooting circle which helped them to end the first quarter with a six goal lead at 12-6.

In the second quarter, the Desert Jewels tried to come back into the game when they broke twice to reduce the deficit to two goals, but Uganda managed to step up their game and end the first half leading 22-17.

In third quarter, She Cranes came back strongly with solid defence influenced by Nampungu’s blocks and Eyaru’s brilliant interception effects which saw them taking the improve their lead to 37-21

It was no difference in the last quarter as Uganda continued to press Namibia to claim the win 49-28.

Player of the Match Joan Nampungu said, keeping focused helped them to win today’s game.

“Yesterday we lost but we didn’t relax. We stayed focused and got prepared for today’s game and we are not disappointed and we still need more wins because we are ready.”

Coach Rashid Mubiru who couldn’t hold the smile for the win, said that he is now looking forward to improve on his team’s passing and shooting accuracy in next matches.

“Am happy about what the girls have done. Namibia is not a easy team and I knew it will be a tough one. Now I want my team to be perfect with passes and shooting because when you have the accuracy it is going to be good for you as a coach.”

She Crane, will in their next match, tomorrow, play Baby Protea the South Africa U21 while Namibia who are yet to win a Match will play hosts South Africa who had a day off today.

Scores breakdown

Q1. Uganda 12-6 Namibia
HT. Uganda 22-17 Namibia
Q3. Uganda 37-21 Namibia
FT. Uganda 49-28

Line-Ups used

Uganda

GS Haniisha Muhameed Nakaate, GA Irene Eyaru, WA Suzan Mukala, C Stella Oyella (C), WD Privas Kayeny, GD Joan Nampungu, GK Shaffie Nalwanja

Subs

Florence Adunia, Shadiah Nassanga Ssegujja, Sarah Nakiyunga, Tausi Mumena Issa, Nassim Mutesi

Namibia

Kaspar, GA Nanguloshi Kamutushi, WA Selma Bittler, C Monica Gomases, WD Juzelri Garbers, GD Emmy Kutako, GK Mulenamaswe Mwale

Subs

Jatjinda Kambatuku (C), Loide Hanyanya, Maharero Venyekerera, Rachalle Roetz, Anna Sbecause

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