Preparations for the Uganda netball national team, the She Cranes are in high gear as the 2019 Netball World Cup draws closer.
The provisional squad that was named last week regrouped on Monday commencing training at the Lugogo indoor arena.
Of the 20 players summoned, 17 turned up for the first session of the non-residential training that was headed by coach Vincent Kiwanuka.
Two foreign-based players Mary Nuba and Peace Proscovia Adejole and Joan Nampungu were the only absentees.
Assistant captain Lilian Ajio is confident the preparations will help the team perform well come July.
“It is important that we have started preparations early enough. We want to be one unit so that we perform well at the World Cup. Our target is to finish in the top five,” she said.
Non-residential training will go on until two weeks to the tournament when the final squad of 12 will be named. From here, the team will enter the residential camp.
The team is expected to have a friendly game against Zimbabwe Gems at the end of this month.
She Cranes is under the tutorship of six of coaches, that is Vincent Kiwanuka (head coach), Nelson Bogere, Rashid Mubiru, Robert Kisitu, Imelda Nyongesa and Wilberforce Mutete (trainer).
The Netball World Cup will be hosted at the M & S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England between 12th-21st July 2019.
Uganda is in pool D alongside hosts England, Scotland and Samoa Islands.
Full Provisional Squad
NIC: Rachael Nanyonga, Betty Kiiza, Stella Oyella, Joan Nampungu, Ruth Meme, Martha Soigi, Betty Kiiza, Stella Nanfuka
KCCA: Irene Eyaru, Susan Atino, Fauzia Nakibuule, Irene Akello, Muhaimuna Namuwaya, Shaffie Namwanje, Norah Lunkuse
Prisons: Lilian Ajio, Sylvia Nanyonga, Jesca Achan
Police: Hindu Namutebi
Professionals: Peace Proscovia Drajole (Sunshine Lightning, Australia) and Mary Nuba (Loughborough Lighting, England)