The Outgoing Executive of the Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) officially handed over to the new executive during a ceremony that took place this Friday afternoon at their former offices located at Lugogo Sports Complex.
The new executive led by Former MP Sarah Babirye Kityo who defeated Jocelyn Ucanda and Christine Nampijja was represented by Vice President Technical Richard Muhumuza.
Muhumuza confirmed the receipt of files from the old executive on behalf of his boss and addressed the media subsequently.
“We are delighted to have received the instruments of power which include the handover report as well, there will be no excuses for us now apart from serving the beautiful game of netball to the best of our abilities,” Muhumuza emphatically said.
When granted an opportunity to speak, the outgoing president Suzan Anek congratulated the new executive and needed no invitation to brag about leaving the federation with no debt.
“Am so happy that I will now have to sleep at home comfortably without any worries after having worked tirelessly for the federation in order to keep all its properties safe”. A giggling Suzan Anek said.
She would further deliver her packaged message for the new executive highlighting the fact that they were taking over a federation that had attained a leveled ground so any efforts must be directed towards pushing it higher.
The Vice President William Bwambale further expounded on the fact that the country was in the 23rd position in the world netball rankings by the time their executive consolidated power.
For the country to currently assume the seventh position in the world rankings at the time of their departure is testament to their hardwork and commitment according to him.
Suzan Anek, who has been at the helm of the federation for the last twelve years was voted for her third-and-last-term in office in November instead of February 2017.
This was because the country was preparing for the Youth Netball World Cup and hosting the Africa Netball Championships, therefore prompting the delegates to sit and agree to push the elections.
Her career highlight came in 2015 when Uganda qualified for a second Netball World Cup in history following the 1979 edition in Trinidad and Tobago.
During her reign the National Team, The She Cranes, featured in the last two Netball World Cup editions, competed at the Commonwealth Games and won an Africa Cup.
Former Uganda Netball Federation Presidents:
*Banage V (1972-1979)
*Lucy Nsubuga (1980-1984)
*Violet Kayaga Kaliisa (1985-1993)
*Stella Kwebiiha (1994-1996)
*Bukenya Lydia (1997-99)
*Rebecca Kavulu (1999-2000)
*Bukenya Lydia (2001-2007)
*Susan Anek Ongom (2007-2021)
*Sarah Babirye Kityo (2021-)