CAPE TOWN – Uganda She Cranes were on Thursday pooled alongside reigning champions – New Zealand in the Netball World Cup 2023.
The Netball World Cup 2023 event, which will bring together 16 teams, is scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 6 in Cape Town, South Africa.
In the draw conducted under the supervision of the World Netball organisers, Uganda was placed in Pool D with New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago as well as Singapore.
New Zealand lifted the Netball World Cup 2019 held in Liverpool, England and also won bronze in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Peace Proscovia – the She Cranes captain who plays her professional netball in England noted that although the group was tough – Uganda has what it takes to put up a good show.
“We have to continue working hard because we must prove a point in this (coming) World Cup,” she added.
Uganda ranked seventh in the Netball World rankings will be making their fourth appearance in the World Cup after the previous appearances in 1979, 2015 and 2019.
Last month the She Cranes defeated top ranked team Australia 32-30 in the Netball Fast Five Series held in New Zealand last month.
Hosts South Africa – and the best ranked team on the African continent and placed fifth in the world ranking, are in Pool C alongside Jamaica, Wales and Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe were drawn in A alongside the world’s top ranked team Australia who also won the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The other teams in Pool A include; Tonga and Fuji.
Pool A: Australia, Tonga, Zimbabwe, Fiji
Pool B: England, Malawi, Scotland, Barbados
Pool C: Jamaica, South Africa, Wales, Sri Lanka
Pool D: New Zealand, Uganda, Trinidad & Tobago, Singapore