As of the 6th of July 2021, Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) under the leadership of Sarah Babirye Kityo initiated a search for the new National Team (She Cranes) head-coach as preparations for the 2022 CommonWealth games set to be in Birmingham intensify.
This quest has since been underway and just recently, Federation Vice President Technical Richard Muhumuza released a shortlist of successful applicants that are set to take part in the scheduled interviews.
In the build-up however, there was a litany of candidates that showed interest in the job but a total of only nineteen applicants seem to have cut the grade for the technical team charged with this responsibility.
As expected, the profiles of these candidates vary in accordance to experience and longevity in the sport of Netball.
One of the most notable names on the list happens to be Fred Mugerwa who easily comes off as the hands on favourite to scoop the position especially considering his tremendous work in taking the team to the 2015 World Cup in Sydney Australia.
The incredible milestone is responsible for his good reputation and persuasive resüme as a netball coach and many in the fraternity of this iconic sport can’t see him losing out on the job.
Nelson Bogere is the other candidate best remembered for his role in the team that won Nations Cup in Zambia alongside Vicent Kiwanuka who was part of the technical team at the event but was also at the helm of the team in the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool.
Rashid Mubiru who was head coach with the She Cranes when they made the trip to South Africa for the test series earlier this year also makes the list. He is, however, best remembered for guiding Uganda to winning the World University Netball Championship held at Makerere University.
He also made part of the coaching staff that helped the She Cranes make their maiden appearance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The team finished third in the competition and only narrowly missed out on qualifying for the medal positions, having lost against New Zealand and England by a whisker in the pool stage.
Imelda Nyongesa has great game intellect and has also been on the technical team for the 2019 World Cup is the other name to make the list. She is currently head coach at the Prisons netball club.
The other names are former national team player Martha Soigi, Collins Godon, Komugisha Ritah, Kato Hussein, Muzahura Wilberforce, Mugisha Ali, Ndaula Stephen,Namudu Sarah, Kabuye Harriet, Zawede Beatrice,Sempala Alice, Asimwe Jessy, Kamoga Emilly and Leene Okee.
UNF seems to be preparing for a transition and the kind of transparency exhibited in the process of recruitment for the She Cranes head coach might just be the right way to go.
The Shortlist for She Cranes coaching role
1 COLLINS GODON
2 BOGERE NELSON
3 KOMUGISHA RITA
4 KATO HUSSEIN
5 MUZAHULA WILBERFORCE
6 MUGISHA ALI
7 KIWANUKA VINCENT
8 MUGERWA FRED
9 MUBIRU RASHID
10 NDAULA STEPHEN
11 SOIGI MARTHA
12 NAMUDU SARAH
13 KABUYE HARRIET
14 ZAWEDE BEATRICE
15 SEMPALA ALICE
16 ASIMWE JESSY
17 KAMOGA MILLY
18 NYOGESA IMELDA
19 LEENA OKEE