The Uganda netball team – The She Cranes have started preparations ahead of their scheduled trip to South Africa for a series of matches.
The test series will attract hosts South Africa’s Spar Proteas, Namibia and Uganda.
The She Cranes will play South Africa and Namibia in a seven-match test targeting to improve Uganda’s position in the next world rankings. The games will be played between March 24 – 30, 2021.
Coach Rashid Mubiru summoned 12 local-based players to travel to South Africa with NIC shooter Stella Oyella as captain.
“We have been preparing for over a month and my expectations are high,” said Mubiru
Uganda Netball Federation President, Suzan Anek revealed that the players had already undertaken Covid-19 tests.
Uganda are currently ranked seventh in the INF World Rankings.
Uganda qualified through to play at the finals of its second World Cup – 2015 in an African system where they defeated Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Botswana along the way to finishing on top of continental championship. The She Cranes had earlier made a maiden World Cup appearance at an edition, which Trinidad and Tobago hosted in 1978.
At the 2015 edition, Uganda were drawn in Group D alongside Fiji, Zambia and Wales. The opening game of the tournament for the team was up against Zambia in which Uganda got off to a flying start when they won 74-38 to record their biggest margin for the team in a World Cup with the captain of the squad Peace Proscovia scoring fifty-six goals in the victory.