Uncertainty as She Cranes enter camp

Sunday January 27 2019

The She Cranes will start preparations for

The She Cranes will start preparations for Netball World Cup on Tuesday this week. FILE PHOTO 

By Regina Nalujja

The She Cranes will start preparations for Netball World Cup on Tuesday this week.
A long list of 37 players from which the final 10 will be selected, was chosen by different club coaches two weeks back.

Susan Anek, the netball federation president had earlier told this paper that the team will be training from the new Makerere Arena, however this will not be the case because it is still under construction. The UPDF engineering brigade that was entrusted with completing the netball arena in Makerere University after the World University Netball Championships last year in September.

The team will instead train from the tarmac of Namboole Stadium which players have for long criticised for causing them injuries.

Coach not yet revealed
The netball federation has not yet appointed a coach who will train the national team.
Vincent Kiwanuka, Imelda Nyongesa and Nelson Bogere, who prepared the team for African Netball Championships as well as the test series in England last year have not been called to further their duties.

Anek had earlier told the Daily Monitor that she plans to hire a foreign coach-preferably from England in June.

According to Uganda Netball Federation’s William Mwanja, contradicts with Anek on local coaches saying they are the best reasoning that they have brought the team from far stressing they should be always be prioritised.

“We are going to sit as a federation to find out the coaches who will prepare the team for World Cup,” Mwanja said.

Netball coaches have for long been appointed volunteers with no contracts citing their period of stay as well as payment terms because of the impoverished state of the federation. However, with Shs1.5b from government to the netball federation, each financial year, coaches still face the same ordeal.

The team’s roadmap to the World Cup has not been unveiled with contestations between the technical people and administrators, a thing that could affect the team’s preparations for the ultimate show of netball talent.