KAMPALA – The Uganda National Netball team, the She Cranes will set off for Liverpool, UK on Friday afternoon.
The team will be representing Uganda at the Netball world cup which will take place in the United Kingdom (UK) from 12th-21st of July, 2019.
A contingent of 21 personnel is will leave the country at 4pm on Friday, June the, aboard Emirates Airlines.
The contingent which will be accommodated at Holiday Express, a hotel that is 10 minutes away from the competition venue, includes 13 players and 8 officials.
Ironically, the team is without a media attaché but it is believed they are set to appoint two personnel, one for print and the other for TV. The unnamed Media persons are understood to have already been accredited and possess UK entry Visas so as to cover the World Cup.
The team was flagged off by the first Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni at Lugogo on Thursday afternoon.
At the World Cup finals, Uganda is in Group D of the preliminary stage one of the competition. In the group, they are alongside England, Scotland and Samoa.
Their opening fixture will be against England on Friday, June 12th at 7pm. They will then face Scotland the following day before locking horns with Samoa on Sunday.
The She Cranes enter into the competition, ranked as the 6th best Netballing nation in the world.
This will be Uganda’s third participation at the Netball World Cup. Their first appearance dates back to 1979 in Trinidad and Tobago where they finished 13th overall.
They returned for the 14th edition in 2015 in Australia, finishing 8th overall.
The She Cranes who were earlier promised $8000, will instead get only UGX 10m as allowances. Half of the money was given to them on the eve of traveling and the rest will be availed while in the UK.
All of the team’s funding has been covered by the government.
The Contingent that will traveled this afternoon
Leader of Delegation
Dr. Patrick Benard Ogwel
Jesca Achan, Rachael Nanyonga, Peace Proscovia, Lillian Ajio, Sylvia Nanyonga, Irene Eyaru, Betty Kiiza, Stella Nanfuka, Stella Oyela, Ruth Meeme, Joan Nampungu, Mary Nuba, Muhaimina Namuwaya.
Vincent Kiwanuka, James Bogere, Wilberforce Mutete, Imelda Nyongesa, Lina Okee, Ucanda Joceyln, Stephen Ataro, Alweny Alice.