ZAMBIA’S Chipolopolo Queens lost 74-38 to Uganda’s ‘She Cranes’ in their opening match yesterday at the on-going Sydney World Cup Netball Championships played at Netball Central, in Australia.
The ‘She Cranes’ dominated the entire match with the first quarter ending on a 22-10 scoreline in their favour.
They returned to the second quarter in full force, recording an 18-11 result before ceiling the third quarter with a 15-9 scoreline and finally 19-8 to beat hapless Zambia 74-38.
Prolific goal shooter and skipper Peace Proscovia led the way for She Cranes with 56 goals and a pair of assists. Goal attacker Rachael Nanyonga backed up Proscovia with 10 goals and 7 assists.
Wing attacker, Ruth Meme assisted 20 goals and made two interceptions while centre, Halima Nakacwa, had 12 assists.
Goal defender Betty Namukasa and goal keeper, Florence Nanyonga limited Zambia’s shooters Diana Banda (GS) and Lucy Jere (GA) from getting the ball despite the pair connecting 33 of 35 attempts between them. The Ugandan pair deflected 13 passes.
Zambian coach Charles Zulu said it was unfortunate that they lost their opening match to Uganda.
Zulu said the girls’ level of endurance was low hence could not withstand the fast pace of Uganda.
“The girls lacked endurance in this game. Uganda put up a fast play and our girls could not match up. It is a very bitter pill to swallow. But we need to focus ahead,” he said.
Zambia faces eighth-ranked Wales tomorrow in the second preliminary match.