By Thomas Odongo
The Uganda National netball team - She Cranes on Friday qualified for the 2019 Netball World Cup after beating Zambia 64-56 during their fourth game of the 2018 Africa Netball Championship in Zambia.
Uganda will be making her third appearance at the Netball World Cup after 2015 and 1979 appearances.
The 2019 Netball Global showpiece will be played in Liverpool, England at the Echo Arena and Uganda joins fellow African sides; South Africa and Malawi who had qualified directly because of their better world rankings.
The 2018 Africa Netball Championship in Zambia was played at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka and it also doubled as a World Cup qualifier.
Uganda have so far won five of their six games in Lusaka, beating Namibia 72-47 on game day one (Tuesday, August 14) to kick off the campaign on a winning note.
They later edged Malawi 51-46 on the next day before beating Kenya 61-42 on Thursday and later that evening they convincingly beat Botswana 65-35.
On Friday, they (She Cranes) were on a World Cup bound fixture against hosts Zambia and the ladies from the Pearl of Africa made no mistake to clinch the golden opportunity.
They won the opening quarter 18-12 and later had a nine goal lead during the second quarter.
Zambia who had the advantage of the home fans attempted to stage a comeback and during the final quarter Uganda felt a scare.
Uganda will play their final game of the campaign on Saturday August 18th against Zimbabwe and are likely to approach the tie with less remorse.