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Uganda She Cranes team captain Peace Proscovia has warned of better results for the team as the Africa Netball Championship progresses.

She encouraged netball fans to turn up for the next matches in big numbers to moral boost the women in the remaining matches.

Proscovia was speaking to the media after Uganda launched campaign to win the continental championship with a huge defeat of Botswana at the MTN Arena in Lugogo on Saturday.

Uganda beat Bostwana 72-29 in the opening match presided over by the country’s vice president Honourable Edward Sekandi flanked by state minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi, NCS chairman technical Zubair Galinwango and assistant general secretary David Katende.

Uganda continues the campaign with a match against Namibia tomorrow. Malawi will face Zimbabwe while Botswana return to the court against Zambia.

Foreign crews from Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda and Belgium are so far confirmed for the 2017 Pearl of Africa Rally.

The usually thrilling competition will this year take place on the weekend of June 29 to July 1 at Busiika and in Kayunga.

Kenya has so far presented three crews, Zambia and Rwanda have two each while and Belgium has one confirmed participant with a few others yet to confirm before entries close on 17th June.

2015 Africa Rally Champion Jaspreet Chatthe, Dilraj Chatthe and Manvir Baryan will represent Team Kenya.

Team Zambia will have the Gomes brothers Leroy and Kleevan.

 

Jean Claude Gakwaya and Yoto Fabrice will represent Rwanda while Giancarlo Davite will make a return to the cockpit to represent Belgium.

National Council of Sports (NCS) has encouraged Uganda Netball Team -the She Cranes to focus and ensure they emerge top of the Africa Netball Championships.

Uganda will host and compete with their counterparts in Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the MTN Arena.

While meeting to morale boost the players, NCS chairman technical Zubair Galiawango who stood it got his boss Bosco Onyik encouraged the players to do their best at the championship.

He was flanked at a press conference at Lugogo by NCS assistant general secretary David Katende and Uganda Netball Federation president Susan Anek.

NCS has already injected over sh100m to support the senior and the junior netball team –the Pearls both of which are preparing for international engagements.  

In acknowledgement of the NCS, Anek described NCS’s contributions towards their activities as tremendous.

“I would like to thank National Council of Sports for tremendous support towards this activity. NCS has covered for the participation, and umpires fees for the championship, public Address system, indoor (stadium) and the gym. They will also take care of the AGM on Saturday,” Anek announced.

The She Cranes captain Peace Proscovia who thanked NCS official for supporting netball was confident that Uganda will win the Africa Netball Championship at Lugogo.

Proscovia, who has just won the best shooters award at the England Netball Super league this season with a tally of 812 goals in 18 matches and was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) said, “the spirits are high among the players”.

She has been sharing her aiming skills with other shooters on the She Cranes team, Rachael Nanyonga, Stella Oyella, Hadijah Nakabuye and Martha Soigi.

Meanwhile, Uganda will send their U-21 team –the Pearls for the Netball Youth World Cup that is due from July 8 to 16, 2017.

 

NCS has taken care of the team’s accommodation, dressing, feeding and air tickets besides facilitating the team’s training at Namboole stadium. 

KCCA FC players celebrate with ED Jenifer Musisi

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have defeated second division club Paidha Black Angels to win the 2016/2017 FUFA Uganda Cup at Green Light Stadium in Arua. Geoffrey Serunkuuma and Derrick Nsibambi scored in each of the half of the game as city boys overcame Paidha Black Angels from Zombo district in West Nile 2-0. FUFA executive member Rogers Byamukama handed the trophy to KCCA Executive director Jenifer Musisi who later handed it to the celebrating KCCA FC players.

Malawi have arrived in Kampala, trained at the MTN Arena, Lugogo as they set to take part in the Africa Netball Championships starting on Saturday.

 

They will compete against the host Uganda’s She Cranes and other foreign teams from Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Other foreign teams however are not yet here although the hosts of the championship Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) are optimistic by Friday all the teams that have already confirmed will be here.

The Malawi Lady Flames played Uganda Cranes at the World Cup last year arrived in the country with 11 players and seven officials on Monday via Nairobi, Kenya.

They are expected to use the remaining days to championship to acclimatize for the competition. Notably missing is heavy weight South Africa.

According fixtures released for the competition, Uganda will open the championship against Botswana on day one of the championship.

Fixtures of the championship

Saturday, 24th June 2017:

Opening ceremony (2 p.m),

Uganda Vs Botswana (4 p.m)

Sunday, 25th June 2017:

Malawi Vs Zimbabwe (11 a.m)

Uganda Vs Namibia (2 p.m)

Botswana Vs Zambia (4 p.m)

Monday, 26th June 2017:

Malawi Vs Uganda (11 a.m)

Zimbabwe Vs Botswana (2 p.m)

Namibia Vs Zambia (4 p.m)

Tuesday, 27th June 2017:

Zambia Vs Zimbabwe (2 p.m)

 Malawi Vs Namibia (4 p.m)

Wednesday, 28th June 2017:

Botswana Vs Namibia (11 a.m)

Uganda Vs Zimbabwe (2 p.m)

Zambia Vs Malawi (4 p.m)

Thursday, 29th June 2017:

Namibia Vs Zimbabwe (11 a.m)

Botswana Vs Malawi (2 p.m)

Uganda Vs Zambia (4 p.m)

Closing Ceremony (6 p.m)

Uganda Cranes players in Dakar

CAF has delayed Uganda’s 2019 AFCON qualifier match against Cape Verde by 24 hours following the Cranes delay to arrive for the match in Praia on Saturday.

The Uganda Cranes were delayed by over eight hours at Leopold Sedar Sengor International airport in Dakar, Senegal.

Airport officials blamed the delay on technical fault that occurred to the plane the team eventually took to arrive at Cape Verde Island city of Praia.

FUFA and host’s officials are still negotiating on what time the game will be played at Estádio da Várzea tomorrow.

 

Otherwise, the squad of 18 players and nine officials are booked Pestana Tropico Ocean and City Hotel on the shores of Atlantic Ocean.

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