The 2019 Netball World Cup is exactly six months away. The tournament is scheduled for July 12-21 at the Echo Areno in Liverpool, England.
The event will bring together sixteen countries, and Uganda will be one of them.
And in a bid to start the preparations early, the Uganda Netball Federation through their technical department headed by William Mwanja listed a pool of thirty seven (37) locally based players.
The listing of players was done by coaches of different clubs in the league including She Cranes coach Vincent Kiwanuka during a meeting at the National council of Sports in Lugogo on Saturday, January 12.
It should be noted that the list is subject to revision depending on the budget of the federation as well as the availability of the players.
There will be another technical meeting on Wednesday, January 16 to review the list, and also the budget for the preparations.
“My intent was to have atleast two teams (24 players) from the start of the preparations,” Kiwanuka told Kawowo Sports. “I want to have four players compete for every position and that way we will get the best out of these players,” he added.
She Cranes qualified for the World Cup after winning last year’s Africa Netball Championship unbeaten.
The team also recently played England in the Vitality International Series to gauge their strength against their World Cup group opponents. She Cranes lost the series 3-0.
Pool of players
Goal Shooters: Zam Serra (NIC), Stella Oyella (Prisons), Martha Soigi (NIC), Amish (UCU), Kevin Abel (Police) and Brenda Nakibuule (UPDF).
Goal Attackers: Iren Eyaru (KCCA), Rachael Nanyonga (NIC), Vicky Nantumbwe (NIC), Hadijja Nakabuye (Prisons), Ali Kuluthum (Police) and M. Batamuliza (Police)
Wing Attackers: Susan Atino (KCCA), Norah Lunkuse (KCCA), Hope Birugi (Police), Enid Abalo (Police) and J. Nakafeero (Prisons)
Centre Players: Ruth Meeme (NIC), Jessica Achan (Prisons), Harriet Babirye (Police), Annet Najjuka (KCCA), Vero Namatovu (KCCA) and Betty Kiiza (NIC)
Wing Defenders: Hindu Namutebi (Police), Fauzia Nakisule (KCCA), Sylvia Nanyonga (Prisons), Irene Mirembe (UPDF), Tausi Mumena (Prisons) and Florence Adunia (NIC)
Goal Defenders: Lillian Ajio (Prisons), Joan Nampungu (NIC), Wycline Nantweta (KCCA) and Irene Akello (KCCA)
Goal Keepers: Stella Nanfuka (Prisons), Muhayimina Namuwaya (NIC), Shaffie Nalwanja (KCCA) and Nusura Sebbi (Police)