She Cranes defeat Zimbabwe to finish 7th at Netball World Cup 2019
She Cranes defeat Zimbabwe to finish 7th at Netball World Cup 2019

Netball World Cup: First Lady Janet Museveni rewards She Cranes after finishing 7th in Netball World Cup

After finishing 7th at the recently concluded Netball World Cup in England, the Uganda netball team has been rewarded for the top-notch display.

Upon their return on 23rd July, the First Lady, also education and sports minister, Janet Kataha Museveni confirmed that each of the players will receive a cash token UGX1 million for the hard work.

A contingent of 25 excluding the captain Peace Proscovia who went straight to Australia where she is based, were received by the first lady at State House Nakasero.

“I thank God for you as we celebrate your clean performance at the 2019 world cup in Liverpool. I don’t doubt that you will continue to go from good to better and from better to best,” said the minister while addressing the group.

She added,

“You have consistently improved and strengthened our faith in you and our pride as a nation.”

The minister also cleared the air on allegations concerning misunderstanding in the sports sub-sector especially with the issues of funding that come up when a team has to go out of the country to represent.

“As we agreed we will make sure we have the time to discuss these issues with sincerity and clarity so that we don’t have these problems time and time again,” she said.

Uganda finished seventh overall to earn automatic qualification to the next netball world cup in South Africa and is now ranked 6th in the world.

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She Cranes defeat Zimbabwe to finish 7th at Netball World Cup 2019

The She Cranes next show up in October, as they will be looking to defend their African title.

Meanwhile, the minister called on the team to stay focused and as well look forward to succeeding globally.

“I just think that perhaps it’s time that we refuse to become content by categorizing ourselves as excellent African teams and free ourselves to now focus to compete at the global stage, It will motivate you to aim higher,” she added.

Is the She Cranes team underlooked?

After finishing seventh overall and also earn automatic qualification to the next netball world cup in South Africa.

Each netball player who participated at this year’s world cup in Liverpool is set to receive UGX1 million as a token of appreciation.

Yet the men’s football team that only reached the quarter-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament received extremely more funds.

The President rewarded the whole group including officials with a cash token of one million dollars (shs3.7 billion).

By John Dalton Kigozi