By Dennis Ssembatya L. Jr
The national netball team – The She Cranes arrived in Liverpool, England this morning ahead of the World Cup Championships slated for July 12-21.
First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni flagged off the netballers at Nakasero State House on Thursday.
A contingent of 12 players and eight officials flies out on Friday, arriving in Liverpool and straight to Holiday Express Hotel, where they will be accommodated.
Team Captain Peace Proscovia, who wasn’t part of the team that left Kampala – as she flew straight to Liverpool from her base in Australia –, was part of the delegation that received The She Cranes.
National Council of Sports (NCS) General Secretary, Patrick Ogwel (PhD) is the leader of delegation for the Ugandan team.
Despite their arrival in Liverpool, the team left amidst whispers of training allowances and home upkeep. On Thursday players tried a mini-industrial action to demonstrate their dissatisfaction over the team’s welfare.
Uganda open its campaign its campaign against hosts England on July 12 in group D encounter before facing Samoa and Scotland.
The players are; Peace Proscovia, Mary Nubba Cholkoh, Lilian Ajio, Jesca Achan, Ruth Meeme, Betty Kizza, Racheal Nanyonga, Sylivia Nanyonga, Joan Nampugu, Stella Oyella, Stella Nanfuka, Irene Eyaru and Muhaimuna Naamuwaya.
The officials; Vincent Kiwanuka (Head coach), Nelson Bogere (Assistant), Wilberforce Mutete (Physical trainer), Imelda Nyongesa (Top-Director coaches), Linna Okee (Statistician), Jocelyn Uchanda (Team Manager), Steven Ataro (Team Doctor) and Alice Alwenyi (Primary care).