Commonwealth Games 2018: Uganda netballers dive in first

Commonwealth Games 2018: Uganda netballers dive in first
Eazzy Banking

April 5 @ 11:30am on SuperSport5

New Zealand vs Uganda

April 7 @ 6am 

Uganda vs Malawi

April 8 @ 8am 

England vs Uganda

April 8 @ 1:30pm 

Wales vs Uganda

The group of Ugandan athletes will be part of the teams from different countries matching in front of the sold-out crowds at Carrara Stadium

There is a buzz around Uganda women’s netball team. From the lows of making tiresome bus trips across Africa to take part in tournaments to highs of booking their place at the Games by winning the Africa Nations Championship at Lugogo last June, She Cranes has come a long way in a very short span.

This is the first time Uganda has qualified for the netball competition at a Commonwealth Games, with the tenacious team leaping from 13th to ninth in the recent International Netball Federation (INF) World Ranking List after defeating Malawi last year.

Ruth Meme believes that despite them making their bow in the competition, the She Cranes have what it takes to match the big guns. The She Cranes are Pool B along with New Zealand, England, Malawi, Wales and Scotland.

She also believes that team is in good form and they would try to recreate the glory of 2017 when they finished 7th at the Netball World Cup.

“We go into the tournament in good form after winning the friendly series in Barbados and while we have not participated in the previous Commonwealth occasions, this time we will look to finish on the podium as we have a great set of players with a mixture of experience and youth. The team’s hunger to win will certainly be a key factor in us performing well at the Games,” Meme said.

Skipper Peace Proscovia and her colleagues will on Thursday be marching into their first group match against New Zealand.

Now, almost all members of Team Uganda have arrived on the Gold Coast and are settling into life in the XXI Commonwealth Games’ Athlete’s Village ahead of the fast approaching Commonwealth Games which kick off on Thursday 5th April.

 

While runners are expected to bag a major chunk of medals, Uganda have high hopes from badminton, boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, squash and table tennis.

In boxing, Uganda’s hopes rest on Musa Bwogi, Joshua Kizza and Latibu Muwonge while weightlifter Julius Ssekitooleko looks certain to win a medal in men’s 66kgs and badminton, all hopes rest on Shamim Bridget Bangi.

Uganda has taken part in every Games since 1954 (with exception of 1978). They’ve enjoyed much medal success – especially on the Athletics track – including 10000m Gold at Glasgow 2014.

So, it is likely that some very happy faces will leave Australian shores when Gold Coast 2018 comes to an end on April 15.

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