The Lady Cranes test side had not played a game in five years when they visited their Kenyan counterpart for the 2019 Elgon Cup in Kisumu.
The home leg, a week later, left them dealing with a 79-19 aggregate loss.
The same year saw the girls head to South Africa for World Cup qualifiers. South Africa, Kenya and Madagascar made a meal of the Ugandans.
The appointment of Charles Onen and Leo Lubambula as coaches in 2019 with a 2020 programme outlined was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic with no activity.
But two years later, the Lady Cranes have a chance to redeem themselves with a show against Zimbabwe in two Rugby Africa Cup games tomorrow and Sunday at Kyadondo.
But how ready are they?
The girls have been training for two months, starting with a camp in Jinja in May and currently camping in Namugongo with sessions at Kings Park Arena, Bweyogerere.
It has been a bumpy journey for the side with a five-year hiatus before 2019, with various challenges but Lubambula is looking at a new dawn.
New faces and leadership under Peace Lekuru have their work cut out.
“We’ve set realistic targets, we want o the Elgon Cup, we want to win both our Rugby Africa games. It’s a huge opportunity to have a momentum going into next year’s campaign, which is the World Cup window,” he told Daily Monitor.
The Zimbabwe double header gives the side a chance to exorcise their demons, with their last win eight years back when they beat Kenya 13-8 in the return leg of the Elgon Cup at Kyadondo.
Lady Cranes stats
Last Five RESULTS
Madagascar 15- 5 Uganda
Uganda 5-37 Kenya
South Africa 89-7 Uganda
Kenya 43-15 Uganda
Uganda 5-35 Kenya