By Muhammad M. Dhakaba
A Zimbabwean delegation of 16 players and five officials, arrived in Uganda, on Saturday morning, ahead of a series of build-up matches in preparation for the forthcoming 2019 Netball World Cup Championship.
Both Uganda and Zimbabwe, qualified for the world showpiece, slated for July 12 – 21 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
The Zimbabweans’ first test against The She Cranes’ squad that had skipped training for a week, comes on Sunday at the Lugogo Indoor Stadium. Ugandans resumed training this Saturday morning, according Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) officials.
UNF spokesman, Wilberforce Mutete said on Friday that the Zimbabweans, want to play a minimum of five games during their visit – all against The She Cranes, beginning this Sunday. Other games will be played on Monday and, finally on Tuesday.
The She Cranes had officially kick-started preparations for the Liverpool trip but lack of a fitting training facility, forced officials to call it off.
Uganda ranks third in Africa, and seventh in the world, six places ahead of Zimbabwe in the game of netball. The She Cranes will play their preliminary games at the World Cup in group D, alongside England, Scotland and Samoa; while Zimbabwe is in pool A, together with holders Australia, Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka.
The other Africa’s representative at the Liverpool event, South Africa and Malawi are in group C and B, respectively. The top three teams from each group, advance to the second stage of the championship.
UNF delegates, last weekend, met at Kati-Kati Restaurant in Lugogo, passing a budget of over ugx5 billion, meant to facilitate the team’s smooth preparation for the event.