She Cranes lose opening game to South African in Pretoria netball series

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The She Cranes have lost 49 – 34 to South Africa in the opening game of the SPAR Netball challenge in a match which was closely contested.

The 1st Quarter ended 11 – 10 in favour of the South Africans. The She Cranes seemed to have got the answers with South Africa having a slit lead of 22 -21 at half time. 

However, Uganda’s key player and GA Irene Eyaru got injured. The South Africans capitalized on this and a couple of other injuries suffered by the She Cranes. They stretched their lead to 37-27 by the end of the 3rd Quarter.

There were a number of calls which didn’t go Uganda’s way with what many looked at as favoritism to the home team. She Cranes coach Rashid Mubiru was seen on several accounts calling for the South African umpire’s intervention but these all fell on deaf ears.

With a shooting accuracy of 87% (34/39) the She Cranes looked sharper than their South African counterparts who had a shooting accuracy of 84.5% (49/58).

Uganda’s Eyaru converted 19 out of 20 chances, Nassanga converted 12 out of 15 chances and Oyella converted 3 out of 4 chances while Maibuko from South Africa had 32 out of 34 chances converted and compatriot Stoltz had 17 out of 24 Chances created. 

South Africa’s Izette was the player of the match.

The She Cranes will look to make Namibia their victims when the two teams lock horns on Friday at 7:00 pm Ugandan time.

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