After a 36 year absence, the She Cranes made light work of Zambia on their return to the Netball World Cup winning 74-38 to send a resounding message to the rest of their Pool D opponents.
With little known about the Rashid Mubiru coached team, the international media had in the past week been awash with reports of the team requiring a car-wash fundraising drive to arrive for the 16 team tournament.
The initiative though had long been thwarted by the National Council of Sports after the local netball federation failed to justify its importance having already received Shs 580m from government to help in preparations.
And they duly played like a team without any such issues quickly making their intentions known by claiming the first quarter 22-10.
The performance owed much to captain Peace Proscovia who eventually finished with 56 goals for the game.
Zambia did try to respond in the second quarter but some stand out defending from Lilian Ajio ensured Uganda’s lead remained intact before Proscovia wrapped up the second quarter with three straight goals for a 40-21 lead.
They then secured the third and fourth quarters 15-9 and 19-8 for a 74-38 win to record their highest World Cup score ever, as well as their biggest margin at a World Cup.
“We put in all our efforts, that’s why we won the game.”Proscovia said after the game. “We were able to step up and put in our best. Everybody had a very good game,” she said of the team that also had centre Halima Nakachwa impress.
The win also put the She-cranes currently ranked 14th in top position in Pool D just ahead of eighth ranked Wales who edged Fiji 59-52 the team just above them in the rankings.
Uganda was due to play Fiji early this morning before wrapping their group games against Wales on Monday.
The top two nations from each of the four groups qualify to the first Eight where they will be divided into two pools.