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Ugandan She-Cranes dim the sparkle of Namibian Desert Jewels at SPAR Challenge

The first match between the Ugandan She-Cranes and Namibian Desert Jewels took place on Friday, 26 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Uganda took charge of the match from early on and by half-time the score was 22-17 in their favour.

By the end of the third quarter Uganda’s lead had ballooned to 37-21.

In the final quarter Uganda scored another 12 goals with their Namibian opponents responding with seven to give a final score of 49-28.

Player of the match was Ugandan She-Cranes goal defence, Joan Nampungu.

She said Uganda had played better than in the match against South Africa on Thursday.

“We still have things to work on but I think we are getting better all the time,” said Nampungu.

Joan Nampungu: Most valued player in the first match between Uganda and Namibia. Image: Netball South Africa.

Namibian coach Julene Meyer said she was very happy with her team’s performance in the first half, but conceded that there was still work to be done.

“We last played international netball in September 2019 and it is a great privilege to be playing against the world number five and number seven. When you are thrown in at the deep end, you learn to swim very quickly,” she said.

Score breakdown

  • Q1: Uganda 12-6 Namibia
  • HT: Uganda 22-17 Namibia
  • Q3: Uganda 37-21 Namibia
  • FT: Uganda 49-28 Namibia

Earlier on Friday, the President’s XII was victorious over the SPAR Baby Proteas 54-49. Goal defence Jeante Strydom was named player of the match.

On Saturday, the Ugandan She-Cranes will play the SPAR Baby Proteas at 16:00 and the SPAR Proteas will take on Namibia at 18:00.

No spectators are allowed at the matches, but you can watch the games LIVE on SuperSport Variety 4 in South Africa.

Check the full fixtures here.

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