Netball World Cup: Jamaica dents Uganda’s Semifinal hopes 

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David GOMBE

Uganda Women’s National Netball team (She Cranes) suffered a 61-49 defeat to fourth ranked Jamaica in their first game of the second preliminary round at the ongoing Global Showpiece in Cape Town, South Africa.

Victory sees Jamaica maintain top spot in the Pool but the permutations now get tighter for the She Cranes.

The Jamaicans came into the tie with a 100% record after beating South Africa, Wales and Sri Lanka in their first three games.

Uganda on the other hand had won two of their three against Singapore and Trinidad & Tobago with their defeat coming at the hands of holders New Zealand.

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The She Cranes chances of reaching the Semi-Finals for the first time in history now hang by a thread.

A dominant performance from Jamaica saw them go into the break leading 38-21. Jamaica’s Jhaniele Fowler was a major threat to She Cranes’ Hannisha Muhammed.

Uganda’s Mary Nuba managed 28 goals while Shadiah Nassanga came off the bench to score 15.

Margaret Bagala registered 17 assists to her name.

Nassanga was named the player of the match despite defeat.

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Uganda will have a rest on Tuesday before their must win over Wales on Wednesday.

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