Uganda Women’s National Netball team, the She Cranes, have been flagged off to United Kingdom for the International Netball Series.
The UK tour comes as the team start preparations for the 2023 Netball World Cup in South Africa next year.
Uganda return to UK a month after finishing fifth at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Four players – Stella Oyella, Jessica Achan, Norah Lunkuse and Shaffie Nalwanja – are not part of the travelling team from the Commonwealth squad.
Four debutants – Rose Namutebi, Faridah Kadondi, Shakira Nakanyike and Viola Asingo are part of the team.
“We have had few days of training for this trip but the girls are in good shape and fit because they have been training with their respective clubs,” She Cranes coach Fred Mugerwa Tabale said.
The She Cranes will travel with Seven players on Monday, with Peace Proscovia already in UK.
Three players (Kadondi, Nakanyike and Namutebi) will join the team later this week due to Visa Issues.
King Ceasor University has bought 15 tickets (players and officials) for this tour, with Uganda Netball Federation President Sarah Babirye Kityo calling the sponsorship “we urgently needed it.”
The University, in a new partnership with Uganda Netball, will also issue out five scholarships to Netball players each academic year.
It’s strong to note that the Netball World Cup will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from July 28th July to the 6th August 2023.
This will be the fourth time Uganda are appearing at the World Cup – They made their debut in the 1979 World Cup in Trinidad before back-to-back appearances in 2015 Australia and 2019 England.
She Cranes squad – Peace Proscovia (Surrey Storm), Joan Nampuungu (NIC), Sandra Nambirige (KCCA), Irene Eyaru (KCCA), Shadiah Nassanga (KCCA), Margaret Bagala (NIC), Hanisha Muhammad (KCCA), Viola Asingo (Prisons) Mary Nuba (Loughborough Lightening), Faridah Kadondi (Weyonje), Rosette Namutebi (KCCA), Shakira Nakanyike (Police)
She Cranes Matches in United Kingdom:
Sept 28-29: Northern Ireland
October 1-2: Wales
October 5: England
October 8: England
October 9: England
October 10: Scotland
October 12: Loughborough Lightning