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Three She Cranes players to feature in World University championships

The Indoor stadium is still under construction in Makerere (Photo by Javira Ssebwami)

What more would a coach want than to work with a team of experienced players ahead of an important event such as the World University Netball Championship that starts September, 17 to 21 in Kampala?

Coach Rashid Mubiru has exactly that in three of his players who have just been crowned African netball champions at the just concluded Africa Netball Championships in Zambia.

Betty Kizza, Mary Nuba and Joan Nampungu gained immeasurable experience that should inspire Uganda’s university netball team at the World WUNC due at Makerere University on September 17-21.

Center player Kizza, Nuba (goal shooter/attacker) and Nampungu who plays as a goal defender and keeper, put up a skillful performance for the She Cranes side that ended the six-day event unbeaten.

Meanwhile, early in the month, the USA netball team confirmed their participation in the event at Makerere. According to information university website, USA team is expected to arrive on September 14, three days to the opening ceremony.

Burundi, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and hosts Uganda have also confirmed participation.

According to Ms Peninnah Kabenge, Head-Secretariat, Local Organising Committee revealed that Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala will accommodate all the teams.

Also Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the Makerere University Vice-Chancellor recently said that the indoor Stadium which will house competitions in September is moving at a good pace.

“The contractor has promised that the structure will be ready in time for the games. Thanks to UPDF for the good job so far!” Mr Nawangwe wrote on twitter.

About the World University Netball Championship

South Africa won the last edition in Miami, USA where Uganda finished fourth after being beaten to the bronze by Australia.

Host nations organise the biennial event together with the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU).

In July, 2012, the first World University Netball Championship was held in Cape Town, South Africa.

The South African Federation of University Sports organised the event. It is a women’s indoor tournament with a maximum of 12 teams competing.

A total of 12 competitors and five officials are allowed per team.

Uganda ranked Number 9 in the world Netball Championships.

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