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2019, A year of World Cups

Discussion in 'General sport discussion' started by Mercy, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. Mercy

    Mercy Member

    2019 is a year of World Cups. The FIFA Women’s World Cup concluded on Sunday with pre-tournament favourites, the United States of America reigning supreme over the Netherlands though Alex Morgan did not sip on her tea.

    For Cricket fans, the script has not changed. The ‘owners’ of the game India, Australia, England and New Zealand are in the semifinals. An India versus Australia final is the obvious bet but the this year’s tournament is played on English grounds, so you can’t write off England, who were seemingly helped by India into the last four, yet.

    August is in sight for Basketball enthusiasts and as a reminder, Kyrie Irving, the best-ever handler of the ball on the planet is very much active. We can only wait on Gregg Popovic to see if he will call on his not so kind of player.
  2. Mercy

    Mercy Member

    Another global event that starts on Friday, July 12, the Netball World Cup at which, unlike the other four, Uganda will be competing.

    In this article, I will try to evaluate Uganda’s chances at the tournament with the squad, preparations, and opponents in mind.

    Four years ago, She Cranes made their debut at the indoor World Cup in Sydney, Australia but was their second overall appearance having competed at the 1979 event in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
  3. Mercy

    Mercy Member

    Throughout the training regime, it was clear head coach Vincent Kiwanuka already had his preferences. Defenders Stella Nanfuka, Sylvia Nanyonga, and Lillian Ajio, mid-court stars Ruth Meeme and Betty Kiiza as well as goal attack Rachael Nanyonga equally had their places on the team stamped.

    Jesca Achan a natural mid-court player, defenders Joan Nampungu and Muhayimina Namuwaya as well as Stella Oyella completed the puzzle for the coaches.

    With the two pros, Peace Proscovia and Mary Nuba Cholhok, already assured of their places on the team.
  4. Mercy

    Mercy Member

    Last year’s Vitality International Series against England made it abundantly clear that the She Cranes were short on pace and endurance. From that point, the work was cut out for the technical staff, and it was no surprise that during the preps there was a lot of focus on how quick Ruth Meeme and Betty Kizza get the ball to the shooters.

    The friendly against Zimbabwe may not have been the most suiting but atleast it gave the team their real competitive game of the year.

    Going by INF Rankings, Uganda is only behind England in Group D that also has Scotland (Ranked 7th) and Samoa (Ranked 14th).

    In the preliminary stage one (Group D), Uganda needs to finish among the top 3 in the group to have a chance of playing for the semifinals.

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