Uganda She Cranes started the 2017 Africa Netball Championship on a winning note against Botswana on Saturday.
The Uganda She Cranes started the 2017 Africa Netball Championship on a winning note against Botswana on Saturday.
Graced by the Prime Minister, Edward Ssekandi as the chief guest, the hosts picked a 72-29 victory in a game played at the MTN Arena, Lugogo.
She Cranes skipper Peace Proscovia was the star as she kept the Botswana defenders on their toes. Uganda was dominant in all the four quarters as they marched to a comfortable win. "This is a good start for us and I hope we can keep winning in-front of our fans," said Proscovia who also features for Lightening Lougborbough in England.
Susan Anek, President of the Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) said she although they have had financial challenges ahead of the event, she is happy that finally the African event has started.
Griffin Saenda, the Malwi coach told URN that after playing two international friendly games against Uganda in the last three days, they are ready to start with a win against Zimbabwe on Sunday. Malawi who are ranked sixth in the world will however miss four of their key players who did not travel for the event.
On Sunday, the hosts Uganda will return to face Namibia, while Botswana battle Zambia in the last game of the day. The Championship will be played on a round robin system (teams all play each other).