KAMPALA, The She Cranes of Uganda have entered Africa Netball Championship history as the first host nation to win the continental event unbeaten.
Uganda beat Zambia 67-50 Sunday in their last fixture at the six-day round-robin tournament to win their maiden title at the biennial event. It was surely a team effort as all the players exhibited professionalism in their five matches in which they earlier beat Botswana, Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
In the final match, dependable shooter Peace Proscovia, who plays professionally for Loughborough Lightning in England, was the star as the home team led Zambia by six goals at the end of the first quarter.
Later, the attacking combination of Peace Proscovia and Hadijah Nakabuye, and defenders Florence Nanyonga and Lillian Ajio proved too strong for the Zambians as the She Cranes extended their lead to 37-24 at half time.
Head coach Vincent Kiwanuka later replaced the shooters with Martha Soigi and Racheal Nanyonga respectively and defenders Nanyonga and Ajio with Stella Oyella and Stella Nanfuka respectively.
The She Cranes continued to push for goals, scoring 52-35 in the third quarter before taking a 17-goal lead at the final whistle. Proscovia scored 29 goals, Soigi 17, Nanyonga 13 while Nakabuye added eight goals for the victors.
Helen Banda and Lucy Jere scored 35 and 15 consolation goals respectively for the Zambian side.
Uganda had earlier thumped Botswana 62-29, beaten Malawi 66-43, Namibia 69-31 and Zimbabwe 61-45 to finish with 10 points at the top of the table. Malawi and Zimbabwe settled for second and third positions with eight and six points respectively.
Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga presented the awards ceremony and applauded the She Cranes for the tremendous work that steered them to the title.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK