Ajio: She Cranes will miss Nakachwa in World Cup

Thursday January 17 2019

She Cranes Goal Defender Lillian Ajio tries to

She Cranes Goal Defender Lillian Ajio tries to stop an England Roses player during the recent Test Series in London last year. Ajio is concerned with the absence of Halima, who stayed in England. COURTESY PHOTO 

By Regina Nalujja

KAMPALA. She Cranes assistant captain Lilian Ajio has admitted that the absence of centre player Halima Nakachwa for Netball World Cup come July 12-21 in England could cost the team heavily.
Nakachwa, also an adorable wing attacker did not return from England last year in December after She Cranes lost 3-0 to the England Roses in international test series.
The Prisons netballer has a wealth of experience from the 2015 World Cup, test series as well as the African Netball Championships where Uganda registered back-to-back victory.
The team to England was led by federation president Susan Anek and Bernard Ogwel, National Council of Sports official, however none could explain Nakachwa’s whereabouts arguing she was going to return soon.
“A tough hustler, physically intimidating and a dictator on the field is what the She Cranes lost in Nakachwa,” Ajio told this paper.
“Yes, there are other centre players, young in age but they still have a long way to reach Nakachwa’s calibre,” she added.
Players who preferred anonymity revealed that Nakachwa disappeared after the test series and she might have linked up with some team in England, however they have not heard from her ever since.
The team now looks unto Ruth Meeme who is still recovering her form after child birth, Betty Kizza –fresh from the university team as well as modest Jesca Achan who has always been shelved when it comes to national duty.