She Cranes: Rachael Nanyonga Among Dropped Ahead of Commonwealth


Uganda She Crane Senior player and Goal Attacker Racheal Nanyonga highlights the list of Eight dropped players as training ahead of common wealth games Intensifies.

Nanyonga announced her self to netball stage around 2015, following her exceptional performance at 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney, the shooter has since featured for She Cranes in 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and 2019 World cup in Liverpool.

However, after 2019, the former NIC captain, has struggled to find her right form, because she was also dropped on the She Cranes squad that represented the country in Africa Netball Championship last year.

Defenders Stella Nanfuka who was on 2019 World cup team and Lillian Ajio who played in African Championship have been dropped as well.

Debutants Annet Najjuka(C), Winfred Nankya, Nasiimu Mutesi, Florence Aduniya and Shakira Nassaka, all playing in defensive positions are the other five dropped players.

While talking to the media, Head coach Mugerwa informed that the reduction was based on positions on the court and limited funds, otherwise they would have kept all the players up to the last day of training.

“It’s always a difficult decision to take because all players have been good, but because of the funds we couldn’t have everybody on the team till the last day, the reduction also based on the positions on the court and performance,” Mugerwa said.

This means, the players are now reduced to 20, excluding Peace Procsovia and Mary Nuba who are yet to join the team, and they will be further reduced to final 13 player who will book head to Birmingham in late July.

As they leave for regional tours on Saturday, starting with Masaka, the team will travel with wide smiles all over their faces after recieving the first dispatch of funds worth Uganda shillings Sh111m from the government.

“We want to appreciate the government of Uganda for the support given to us, it’s going to foot for the two weeks training expense the girls have spent in the camp so far and we to request more support from the government for the remaining period of time so that the girls go in for residential camp for better preparation,” UNF vice president Harriet Apolot.

The regional tours have been basically designed in the name of having exhibition matches between She Cranes and communities, with the main aim of showing the She Cranes team to the communities, according to coach Mugerwa.

The remaining 20 local players.

Shooters – Stella Oyella GS, Hanisha Muhammeed GS, Kabendela Asinah GS, Namulumba Christine GS, Nassanga Shadia GA, Irene Eyaru GA

Mid court players: Baagala Margret C, Nakiyunga Sarah C/WA, Achan Jessica C, Wasagali Alicia WA, Birungi Conchepta Desire WA, Lunkuse Norah WA

Defenders: Nakanyike Shakirah WD, Namutebi Rose WD, Asingo Viola WD, Nampungu Joan GD, Sandra Nambirige GD, Nalwanja Shaffie GK, Kayeny Privas GK, Kadondi Faridah GK



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