She Cranes team captain Peace Proscovia has confirmed that she will not take part in African Netball Championships starting October 18-22 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The former NIC shooter told Daily Monitor that she is still nursing a knee injury sustained while on duty with Australian League side Sunshine Coast Lightning.
Proscovia’s absence will be a major blow to coach Rashid Mubiru’s side with the shooting ace having played an integral part in helping Uganda win 2017 and 2018 African Netball Championships.
Despite her projected absence, Proscovia is confident that the She Cranes team can replicate the form that produced two continental titles.
“I cannot join the team because am getting treatment for my knee. I strongly believe even without me the team is in a good position for the tournament and I wish them all the best. I will be cheering passionately,” said Proscovia.
Proscovia has also called upon the She Cranes to put in the hard work given it is going to be a tough contest, with Africa’s Seed One South Africa keen to win the tournament. Another powerhouse in Malawi will also pose a threat to Uganda’s title defence.
“With the tremendous growth of netball in Africa, it’s going to be a highly contested tournament where anything can happen, but they have to take heart and play to their best,” she said.
“The confidence I have is that Uganda has so many highly talented players who can make the country proud besides me. It’s time for them to take this opportunity to turn their lives around,” she added.
Uganda was drawn in pool B of the African Netball Championships with Zimbabwe, Kenya and Swaziland.
Meanwhile pool A has South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho, and Tanzania.
S. A, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho, Tanzania
Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Swaziland