NETBALL. England born shooter Elem eager to impress at trials

Wednesday January 22 2020
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Team Player. Elem is already practicing with the team. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA

Melissa Elem an England born netballer with Ugandan origin on Monday joined the U-21 netball team in preparation for Youth World Cup qualifiers due May 14-21 in Lugogo.
The 16-year-old netballer originates from Lira, a northern Uganda district, but was born and raised in London by her mother Esther Alupu. She plays for a North London based club AP Saints that was founded in 2009 by Coach Alison Akinrinlola whom she says has been instrumental in shaping her career.
Elem who picked interest in playing for Uganda after watching the She Cranes play at the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, says she is eager to make the team that will represent the country at Youth World Cup qualifiers.
“I watched the Netball World Cup and was impressed by team Uganda. I felt like playing for my country also,” Elem said.
“I later met the federation president Susan Anek and told her about my desire to play for my country. She gave me a go ahead and now I am here. She is going to help me sort out a lot of issues to be able to play for Uganda,” Elem added.
“I know competition for slots at the team is high but am also ready to work hard.”