Makindye Weyonje draws positives from Jo’burg trip

Sunday April 11 2021
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Shakirah Nassaka (Centre). PHOTO/ISMAIL KEZAALA

By Regina Nalujja

Days after the She Cranes travelled to Cape Town for the Tri-Nations Netball Test Series, Makindye Weyonje Netball Club also made it to Johannesburg for benchmarking with other clubs in health promotion as well as competing.

For a club hardly four years old in the local netball league, making it to South Africa was a great achievement but winning all the fixtures in the competition was exceptional.

Makindye Weyonje beat Johannesburg Central Netball Club (JCNC) 35-15, Yeoville 25-6, Brainwashers 44-10 and Johannesburg males 39-37.
Team captain Shakirah Nassaka (pictured) says they would also like to copy the speedy and enticing kind of netball played by the South African clubs.

“We have gained skills and confidence. It was such a good experience. The South Africans play a faster game which we would also like to adopt. We are even fitter for the coming national league,” Nassaka said upon their return.

She hopes the new found techniques and confidence will help to up their performance in the national league starting in May. They also made friends and had time for exploration as for most, it was their first time to travel.

Head coach Jesse Asiimwe’s perspective does not differ from that of Nassaka.

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“These games helped players to develop their self-confidence and I am very happy about that. We trained for the games and this has helped the players keep fit. This I hope will also help us to improve our performance in the national league,” Asiimwe said.

The future is bright as the team stands chances of being invited again. “The Mayor of Johannesburg promised to organise more of such tournaments with more teams and we shall as well be invited,” said Eddie Odhiambo the team’s publicity secretary.

rnalujja@ug.nationmedia.com

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