Netball World Cup 2019
Uganda 44-55 Malawi
Liverpool Arena, Liverpool
The Uganda Wome’s National Netball team has seen the Netball World Cup 2019 turn on them in the worst possible fashion.
After winning three of their opening four games, the She Cranes have now gone on to lose all their last three games and are in danger of not improving their 8th position finish managed at the 2015 edition in Australia.
On Friday, they lost 44-55 to Malawi meaning they will now have to beat Zimbabwe in order to finish 7th otherwise, they will once again end in 8th position.
For the third consecutive game, Vincent Kiwanuka’s side started slowly and were 8 goals down at halftime after losing the first two quarters 9-12 and 10-15 respectively.
The She Cranes were being ripped apart by the duo of Joyce Mvula and Jane Chimaliro.
The third was more of a contest and Uganda took it 16-14 to ensure the two sides head into the final quarter with only 6 goals separating them.
However, Malawi returned the stronger, winning it 14-9 and securing the contest 55-44.
Mvula starred as she scored 38 of her attempted 43 shots while like in the loss to Jamaica the day before, She Cranes captain Peace Proscovia shot at 100% efficiency as she scored 24 goals.
After the game, She Cranes assistant coach Nelson Bogere, admited Malawi was better than his side.
“It wasn’t our day, it wasn’t our day, Bogere noted.
“We want to congratulate Malawi because they have over played us, they took our center and our shooting wasn’t all the best.”
The loss sent Uganda into a 7th/8th place contest against Zimbabwe on Saturday. Zimbabwe also lost to Jamaica on Friday.
For Malawi and Jamaica, they will face off to determine who finishes 5th and 6th.
The She Cranes are taking part in only their third Netball World Cup and a win on Sunday will see them finish in their best ever position at the global showpiece.
Other results on Friday
-Sri Lanka 78-57 Singapore
-Samoa 53-42 Fiji
-Zimbabwe 47-77 Jamaica
-Barbados vs Scotland
-Northern Ireland vs Trinidad and Tobago
-Australia vs south Africa
-New Zealand vs England
-Uganda vs Zimbabwe
-Jamaica vs Malawi
-Third place play off