Nanyonga: She Cranes can beat England

NIC goal attack Rachael Nanyonga (L) during a league game against Prisons (Photo: John Batanudde)

In six months time, Uganda She Cranes will be playing at their second Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England.

The She Cranes qualified for the global showpiece after sweeping through the Africa Netball Championship last year in Lusaka, Zambia.

At the July 12-21 event, Uganda will battle England, Scotland and Samoa in the first group phase.

And if the International Netball Federation ranking is anything to go by, Uganda’s biggest challenge will be fourth ranked England.

The Roses will not be new opponents for the She Cranes having met four times last year; once at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and thrice during the Vitality International Series in England.

While England won all the four games, two were close encounters that went to the wire; the 49-54 defeat in Gold Coast and 46-50 loss in Liverpool.

Rachael Nanyonga is one of the few She Cranes stars who have been played all four games, and the Goal Attack believes Uganda can beat England.

“England is a good team that prepares well and reviews games. The first game of the series could have gone our way but we as players made a few mistakes when we closed them down.

“We can do better than we did in the series, England is beatable in my opinion. All we need to do is train better and prepare earlier.

“They (England) were fit, strong and aggressive. We have to be strategic in our play, especially the passing because they have a height advantage,” Nanyonga told Kawowo Sports.

Meanwhile, a list of 37 locally based players was made over the weekend to start the preparation for the tournament, and Nanyonga is part of the pool.

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