Netball World Cup: She Cranes Silence Malawi, South Africa Next

Friday, August 4
•Malawi 46-57 Uganda
•Tonga 46-72 South Africa

Saturday, August 5 (Semis)
•England Vs New Zealand, 1pm
•Jamaica Vs Australia, 6pm

Sunday, August 6
•Uganda Vs South Africa

Uganda Women’s National Netball team, the She Cranes, beat Malawi 57-46 in a classification game on Friday at the ongoing Netball World Cup.

The win means Uganda will fight for 5-6th placement final with South Africa who eased past Tonga.

Uganda is now guaranteed of finishing 5th or 6th, either position, it is Uganda’s best ever finish at the Netball World Cup ever.

They finished a joint 13th on their debut in Trinidad before finishing 8th and 7th respectively at the 2015 Australia and 2019 England World Cup.

Against Malawi, the She Cranes wanted revenge for their 2019 44-55 loss, but they were confident of getting the job done having beaten the side 56-43 at the Commonwealth games last year.

The first quarter ended 14-14, but the She Cranes upped their defence to take a five-goal cushion at the long break.

They extended the lead to seven goals, and never looked back before sealing a 57-46 victory.

Shardiah Nassanga led the way with 38 goals, earning a back-to-back player of the match gong.

Mary Nuba had 19 goals while Margaret Baagala finished with 24 assists.

Joyce Mvula and Mwai Kumwenda scored 27 and 19 goals respectively in a losing effort for Malawi Flames.

The She Cranes will be facing South Africa’s SPAR Proteas, seeking a win to finish fifth.

And the battle for the two Continental giants has a couple of subplots, but Uganda will be hoping to avenge their group stage loss that saw South Africa win 62-60.

Uganda will be hoping to climb up in the rankings, after coming into the tournament ranked eighth.



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