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She Cranes team trimmed to 20 players

By David Namunyala

Added 13th April 2019 10:27 AM

A total of 37 players had earlier been summoned for training but 17 were dropped today after successful medical tests that were done this week.

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She Cranes players. Photo/File

A total of 37 players had earlier been summoned for training but 17 were dropped today after successful medical tests that were done this week.

KAMPALA - Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) has trimmed the number of She Cranes players to 20, who are expected to resume training on Monday ahead of the Vitality Netball World Cup due July 12-21 in Liverpool, England.

A total of 37 players had earlier been summoned for training but 17 were dropped today after successful medical tests that were done this week.

The list that is yet to be submitted to the World Cup organizing committee was unveiled at a press briefing at Kati Kati restaurant by UNF vice president (administration) William Bwambale.

“We had to wait for the medical reports before we could unveil these names to the public because our fear was to avoid fielding players who are either injured or even pregnant,” he noted.

She Cranes skipper Peace Proscovia and Mary Nuba who are currently playing professionally in Australia and England respectively, will get an automatic entree on to the national team squad ahead of Uganda’s third attempt at the World Cup since 1979.

“These are the only professional players we have at the moment and we can’t exclude them from the team for purposes of promoting the She Cranes brand.

We also expect them to share whatever skills they have learnt in their respective leagues with their colleagues, so we badly need them,” Bwambale explained.

Others on the list include; Stella Oyella, Martha Soigi, Racheal Nanyonga, Ruth Meeme, Irene Eyaru, Norah Lunkuse, Suzan Atino, Betty Kizza, Jesca Achan, Fauzia Nakibuule, Silvia Nanyonga, Irene Akello, Lillian Ajio, Joan Nampungu, Stella Nanfuka, Shaffie Nalwanja, Muhaimina Namuwaya and Hindu Namutebi.

The team that resumes training after three weeks will be handled by coaches; Wilberforce Mutete, Imelda Nyongesa, Robert Kisitu, Nelson Bogere, Rashid Mubiru and Vincent Kiwanuka.

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