Although Uganda looked like they had pulled back the result, Malawi fought back to command the lead in the quarter 35 -32 before She Cranes also put a spirited fight in the last quarter to help the settle the result into a 44-44 draw.
Uganda’s National Netball Team, the She Cranes has scoped a
silver medal at the African Netball Championship in Windhoek, Namibia. The She Cranes completed second after pulling
off a draw against Malawi in their last game of the championship.
Uganda came from behind to command a 44-44 draw against a
resilient Malawian side. The She Cranes started the game at a low pace losing the
first quarter 11-13 to Malawi.
They later pulled back to settle the result
before halftime. The She Cranes led half time 23-22. Although Uganda looked like they had pulled back
the result, Malawi fought back to command the lead in the quarter 35 -32 before
She Cranes also put a spirited fight in the last quarter to help the settle the
result into a 44-44 draw.
The result helped Uganda to secure a second
position below the champions, South Africa. Earlier on, Uganda had lost to South Africa in the seventh
game. This was Uganda’s only loss in the championship.
After their last
game, the She Cranes captain Stella Oyella, said it was a tough game for the
She Cranes because they were fighting for the second position.
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She said the performance in the African Netball championship
would help them in the ranking.
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Sarah Namuddu, the assistant national team coach,
said they approached the last game as a do or die clash because of their quest for
the second position.
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The She Cranes went into the African Netball
championship after completing the Pent series with an unbeaten run. The
African Netball championship attracted over nine countries including among
others hosts Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.