Africa Netball Championships: Uganda Makes Opening Statements Against Botswana and Namibia
The She Cranes whitewashed Botswana 72-29 on Saturday followed by a repeat against Namibia with a 69-31 win on Sunday, to kick-off a spectacular performance in the Africa Netball Championships at the MTN Arena, Lugogo in Kampala.
Much to the pleasure of the home fans, Uganda meant business from the word go and scored its first goal in three seconds in the opening game against Botswana. By the end of first half, the home side was leading 42-14 with Peace Proscovia scoring the most (37).
Proscovia was substituted in the second half for Martha Soigi who despite making a slow start into the game, picked up the pace to put 16 goals to her name.
Racheal Nanyonga was another impactful player, playing a big role by scoring 14 goals to increase Uganda’s tally and pushing the lead from Botswana’s reach.
By the time the match ended, there was no hope for a comeback for the visitors as the She Cranes won 72-29.
Proscovia who called for more scoring options after Saturday’s win effectively partnered up with Nanyonga, a bond that has continued to show success since the 2015 Netball World Cup.
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Proscovia said on Saturday.
Uganda will face Malawi next and coach Vincent Kiwanuka will have to look out for the latter’s recently added arsenal, brought in to strengthen its ranks considering its previous two losses to the host side in the friendlies.
The She Cranes need a solid performance to overcome the Queens of Malawi as the top two seeds in the tournament meet later today.
Featured photo: Eddiba Sports