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South Africa 49-34 Uganda: She Cranes lose in SPAR Challenge opener

SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations Results
South Africa 58 Namibia 30 | South Africa 49 Uganda 34     

Todays’ Fixtures
Uganda v Namibia, Friday March 26, 2021. 19:00Hrs

Uganda’s revenge plot against South Africa was prematurely ended after the hosts turned up the heat in the third quarter to win the match by 49-34.

The new-look She Cranes looked like they were onto something when they capped off the first half at 21-22. They matched the hosts pound for pound in the first 30 minutes to finish the first half at 21-22 but the second half was where it unraveled as they failed to keep their momentum.

An injury to Shadia Nassanga brought to an end all of coach Rashid Mubiru’s best-laid plans as the game turned on its head.

“The team was performing well in the first and second quarter, but when we went into the third some of the players were injured. I don’t know what rule the umpires were using and when you use dangerous play they are supposed to caution or warn which they didn’t do. They hurt the goal shooter in the eye, the wing attack on the knee,” the angry coach said.

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South Africa 49-34 Uganda: She Cranes collapse in second half

South Africa took it from there dismantling the She Cranes in the midcourt where they picked up turn over after turn over. 

“It (moving Stella from centre to goal attack) disorganized us because when somebody has been injured intentionally then I don’t know what is going on because I felt the umpire should have warned or cautioned the player,” Mubiru explained.

Uganda went into the final quarter 10 goals behind and they failed to recover. After that, SPAR Proteas cruised to another win.

Mubiru had made a bold move with his starting team as he deployed captain Oyella at Centre which left new kid on the block Shadia Nassanga at Goal Shooter.

Irene Eyaru was in goal attack which thrust the newbie into the deep end and she didn’t sink but swam. She completed 13 of her 15 shots while Eyaru shot 19 of her 20 and Oyella three out of four.

Tomorrow, the She Cranes have a chance at redemption when they come up against Namibia who also lost to South Africa.


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