Kampala — She Cranes coach Vincent Kiwanuka strongly believes that Uganda should no longer be satisfied with placing below South Africa and Malawi at major tournaments.
According to Kiwanuka, Uganda has for long settled for the third place in Africa at such championships yet the country’s netballers have the ability to challenge the status quo.
Kiwanuka says She Cranes coaches intend to launch that assault on the first position starting with the World Cup due July 12-21 in Liverpool, England.
“It’s time for us to be above Malawi and South Africa, who are fifth and sixth respectively in the world. Our players have improved so much compared to the last World Cup in 2015,” Kiwanuka said.
Kiwanuka adds that this can be achieved only if Uganda, ranked seventh in the world, progresses from the group stages at World Cup.
Uganda placed in Group D will compete alongside Commonwealth gold medallists England, Scotland and Samoa in the tournament.
Kiwanuka is confident that the She Cranes can beat Scotland, Samoa and then give England a run for their monies in their bid to make it to the next round. “Our professional shooters Mary Nuba and Peace Proscovia are doing so well in English and Australian leagues respectively,” explained Kiwanuka.
“The local players have also been active in their clubs so we expect the best out of them.”
Four African countries including South Africa, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe qualified for the World Cup.
WORLD CUP GROUPS
Group A: Australia, Northern Ireland,
Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka
Group B: New Zealand, Malawi,
Barbados and Singapore
Group C: Jamaica, South Africa, Trinidad
and Tobago and Fiji
Group D: England, Uganda, Scotland and Samoa