The Uganda She Cranes kicked off their journey at the Africa Netball Cup in Cape Town, South Africa with a bolstering win over Zambia’s Queens. The She Cranes defeated the Queens 67-33.
Having got two points from the walkover against Zimbabwe Gems who failed to show up for the rescheduled game on Friday, Uganda came out even stronger for the Saturday game.
In the first quarter, the combination of Mary Nuba, the goal scorer and Irene Eyaru, the goal attacker, earned Uganda 16 goals against Zambia’s 10 scored by Lucy Jere and Diana Banda. The She Cranes stretched out the goal difference to 10 goals by half time to make it 29-19.
In the third quarter, the Zambian Queens scored 6 goals against Uganda’s 22 goals, resulting in a 26-goal difference between the two sides. The quarter ended 51-25.
Uganda scored more 16 goals against Zambia’s 5 goals in the final quarter. The win for the She Cranes is attributed to the efforts of Stella Oyella in the centre, Jesca Achan as wing attacker who kept Zambia’s Prisca Bunga, Gift Bunga and Juhet Kaputeni at bay.
The good defending skills from Stella Nanfuka and Joan Nampungu also made it harder for Jere and Banda who managed to score a total of 33 goals in one hour.