Africa Netball Championship: Uganda fall to South Africa in Windhoek


She Cranes’ unbeaten run at the 2021 Africa Netball Championship has been ended at game seven by South Africa.

The She Cranes suffered a 57-37 defeat to the Spar Proteas in a game played at Wanderers Sports Arena in Windhoek, Namibia.

Coming into this game, both South Africa and Uganda had won their first six games in the championship and were comfortably sitting first and second respectively on the championship log.

It was South Africa though that remained unbeaten after the game as they won all the four quarters of the encounter with Uganda.

In the battle for supremacy, the Spar Proteas took the first quarter 13-10 and stretched their lead at the end of the second quarter to 6 goals (28-22).

Due to the countless fouls made by Uganda in the third quarter, South Africa extended their 12 game going into the last quarter with the scoreline reading 42-30.

South Africa continued to assert themselves in the last quarter as they scored 15 goals and limited Uganda to only 7 goals to win the game 57-37.

Speaking to the press after the game, She Cranes head coach Fred Mugerwa blamed the umpires for his side’s loss.

“There have been mistakes on court but my main concern was on the consistency of the umpires.” Mugerwa said before adding;

” We came to play our game but the frustrations from the umpires let us down.”

Uganda’s Team Captain Stella Oyella says they lost the game due to the failure to cope up with the game’s physicality.

“The game was so physical as we failed to correct some of our mistakes on court but we tried our level best despite the loss.”

” In the last game against Malawi we have nothing to lose but we aim to collect maximum points.” Oyella concluded.

With the loss, Uganda remain second on the log, behind only South Africa and will play Malawi in their last game of the Tournament. South Africa will face the hosts Namibia in their last game.

Edwin Waiswa

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