Uganda has announced the squad that will be heading to Cape Town, South Africa, for the upcoming Vitality Netball World Cup. The She Cranes suffered a massive blow when experienced captain Peace Proscovia got ruled out for medical reasons. As a result she won’t be part of the squad heading to Cape Town.
Fred Mugerwa retained only two players from the team that played in the showpiece in England. Goalkeeper Stella Nanfuka and shooter Mary Nuba.
Speaking from their training base in Kampala, despite some setbacks, Mugerwa is confident in his charges: “I’m confident in the team I have right now, even though most of the players that are in this squad are basically new with only a few players who played in the last World Cup.”
Uganda Netball Super League top scorer Christine Namulumba joins Vitality Netball Super League top scorer Mary Cholhok and skipper Irene Eyaru as the shooters on the team.
The hosts, the SPAR Proteas, will know very well that the Ugandans are not to be underestimated following their shocking defeat to them at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Their coach concedes that he’s put together a squad not to be overlooked.
“I have confidence in them that these girls are going to do wonders because as you know very well, Uganda has the talent and we expect that these ones that we have selected this time are going to play exactly the same way as the other players would have played. I’m confident that my players will perform.”
Uganda begin their campaign with a first group game against Singapore on 28 July followed by matches against defending champions New Zealand on 29 July and Trinidad and Tobago on 30 July.
Uganda Squad Vitality Netball World Cup Squad:
Shooters: Irene Eyaru (Captain, KCCA), Mary Nuba Cholhok (Lightning UK), Christine Namulumba Kango (Prisons NC), and Shadia Nassanga (KCCA)
Mid Court: Sarah Nakiyunga (Reserve, NIC), Annet Najjuka (Reserve, KCCA), Norah Lunkuse (KCCA), Lillian Achola (Weyonje NC), Margret Baagala (Assistant Captain, NIC)
Defenders: Viola Asingo (Reserve, Prisons NC), Hanisha Muhammad (KCCA), Stella Nanfuka (Prisons), Faridah Kadondi (Weyonje NC) and Shaffie Nalwanja (KCCA)