For most netball followers, it would be unfair to talk about Uganda’s success in 2017 without mentioning Vincent Kiwanuka’s name.
The Kampala University and KCCA Netball Club coach took up She Crane’s training role early last year and guided the team to the African Netball Championships title in June.
The victory elevated Uganda from 11 to ninth position as per the July 2017 Netball World Rankings. Uganda also qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
It is, however, surprising that coach Kiwanuka was left out on the team that was hosted by President Museveni at his country home in Rwakitura yesterday.
A team of 37 officials and players who took part in the African Championships plus the Youth World Cup in Botswana made the list, except senior player Martha Soigi, She Cranes captain Peace Proscovia and Kiwanuka.
Proscovia is reportedly out of the country.
UNF president Susan Anek, general secretary Annet Kisomose, vice president William Bwambale, spokesperson Wilberforce Mutete, William Mwanja, Yusuf Kamulegeya and Alice Alwenyi, some of whom are even rare in the netball affairs, made the Presidential trip.
Kiwanuka said, “Even up to now I do not know why my name was excluded, I tried calling the netball officials but they didn’t pick my calls.”
Ironically, Rashid Mubiru who was unceremoniously replaced by Kiwanuka towards the African Championship, was also a President’s guest.
Kiwanuka suspects that politics could have caused his woes. Being a coach to Kampala University and—Soigi an assistant sports officer of the institution’s club that backed Hajat Aidah Kibedi Nambuusi, Anek’s major threat in the just-concluded elections, could have angered his boss Anek.
Federation officials did not respond to our querries.