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Uganda Netball Federation Starts Search For She Cranes Coach

For the past 10yrs, Rashid Mubiru, Vicent Kiwanuka, Nelson Bogere and Imelda Nyongesa have stirred the She Cranes in coaching caoacity.

The Uganda Netball Federation Executive led by new president Sarah Babirye Kityo is in hunt for a new She Cranes coach.

The information was confirmed by UNF publicity secretary Yahaya Ssengabi.

“We would like to inform the Netball Fraternity that Uganda is seeking to recruit a national coach for the She Cranes,” reads a statement.

“The purpose of this advert is to request all suitable qualified persons to submit their qualifications and CVs to the General Secretary not later than wednesday by 5:00pm.”

This comes at the time when the Federation has of recent shifted offices from Lugogo Sports Complex to Old Kampala near Gaddafi Mosque Agakhan building.

For most Netball followers, it would be unfair to talk about Uganda’s success without mentioning coach Mary Ben Muwanga.

Mary Ben Muwanga’s place in Ugandan netball echelons is secured by virtue of guiding the She Cranes to their biggest success when they participated in the 1979 Netball World Championship in Trinidad and Tobago.

Other coaches that had excelled at the she cranes previously include
Rashid Mubiru, who was the coach of the She Cranes at the 2015 Netball World Cup and guided Uganda to winning the World University Netball Championship held at Makerere University.

Rashid Mubiru qualified through the 2015 World Cup in Sydney, Australia after qualifying via the African system where they defeated Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Botswana along the way to finish on top of Africa and making it through to the second World Cup.

Mubiru was also part of the coaching team that helped Ugandan Netball team make their first appearance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, where the team finished third and only narrowly missed out on qualifying for the medals matches, having been beaten by narrow margins against New Zealand and England in the pool stage.

They finished the tournament in sixth place, losing the fifth-place playoff match to South Africa by 11 goals.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 14: Racheal Nanyonga of Uganda shots at goal during the 2015 Netball World Cup match between New Zealand and Uganda at Allphones Arena on August 14, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Besides Rashid Mubiru, Vicent Kiwanuka as well did a tremendous job.

The Kampala University and KCCA Netball Club coach guided the team to the African Netball Championships title which elevated Uganda from 11th to ninth position as per the July 2017 Netball World Rankings.

Kiwanuka was at the helm of the She Cranes at the 2019 world Cup in Liverpool England finishing 7th overall the best placement for Uganda in the three appearances (1978, 2015 and 2019).

Kiwanuka together with his assistant Nelson Bogere were later sacked and replaced with Rashid Mubiru and Robert Kisitu respectively.


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