In a warm-up game ahead of the upcoming World Cup tournament, Uganda’s national netball team, She Cranes, showcased their prowess by securing a convincing victory against Barbados, with a final scoreline of 53-33.
The match played on Sunday at Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa, was a test to assess the team’s preparedness for the highly anticipated World Cup competition.
Adding to the excitement, UK-based shooter Mary Nuba made a last-minute entry into the team, joining just a day before the game. Despite her short time with the squad, Nuba’s performance on the court left a positive impression, earning her praise from the coaches and further strengthening the team’s potential.
Assistant coach Sarah Namuddu expressed satisfaction with the team’s overall display against Barbados, highlighting the opportunity to evaluate all players during the encounter.
She Cranes’ next challenge awaits them against Scotland at the same venue on Tuesday, where the starting line-up for the team will be determined.
As the team gears up for the World Cup, which commences on July 28, Uganda’s ranking of number 8 in the world serves as a testament to their growing prowess in the sport.
Their opening match is against Singapore, followed by a face-off against defending champions New Zealand the following day. The She Cranes will then conclude their group D engagements with a match against Trinidad and Tobago on July 30.
Having previously appeared in three World Cup tournaments, Uganda aims to surpass their past achievements and advance beyond the group stages this time. With their sights set on victory, the She Cranes are determined to conquer each phase of the competition, including the challenging pool legs. As the countdown to the World Cup begins, fans eagerly anticipate witnessing the unfolding triumphs of Uganda’s spirited netball team.