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Safari 7s : Mixed feelings for Lady Cranes

Uganda were represented by two ladies and men’s sides at the recently concluded 2018 edition of the Safari 7s in Nairobi.

The Lady Cranes were flanked by an emerging side and these participated in a round robin tournament with two sides from Kenya i.e. Lionesses and Kenya Clubs Select. The emerging lady Cranes side failed to register a single win on Day 2 of the Safari 7s suffering 42-05 loss to the Kenya Lionesses, 17-00 loss to Kenya Club Select, and a 22-00 to their senior country women, Lady Cranes. The Lady Cranes registered two wins i.e. 22-00 against the Emerging Cranes, 20-05 against Kenya Club Select and lost 22-00 to the Lionesses.

Uganda Lady Cranes

Day 3 of the safari 7s saw the Lady Cranes play Kenya Club Select in the semifinal pairing, winning 12-07 and setting up a finals clash with the Lionesses who made easy of the Emerging Lady Cranes winning 50-00.

In a repeat of the Africa 7s finale, Uganda Lady Cranes faced off with the Kenya Lionesses in the Safari 7s final and the latter with a majestic 47-00 to claim the Safari 7s crown.

The ladies haven’t been in much action prior to the tournament but former captain and now coach Helen Buteme, was a lady with a smile on her face, beaming in pride over her ladies’ exploits.


Kenya Lionesses 42-05 Emerging Lady Cranes
Lady Cranes 20-05 Kenya Club Select
Kenya Lionesses 27-00 Lady Cranes
Kenya Club Select 17-00 Emerging Lady Cranes
Lady Cranes 22-00 Emerging Lady Cranes
Kenya Lionesses 50-00 Kenya Club Select

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SF 1 : Kenya Lionesses 50-00 Emerging Lady Cranes
SF 2: Lady Cranes 12-07 Kenya Club Select

Final : Kenya Lionesses 47-00 Uganda Lady Cranes

Emerging 7s
1. Angel Apio
2. Justine Namagembe (VC)
3. Proscovia Ayero
4. Comfort Angaika
5. Nora Nabasirye
6. Diana Kwagala
7. Agatha Nakalema
8. Angela Zziwa (C)
9. Lydia Namabiro
10. Christine Nakamya
11. Racheal Mufuwa
12. Yvonne Najjuma

Lady Cranes (Uganda A)
1. Asha Nakityo (C)
2. Peace Lekuru
3. Peace Mirembe
4. Grace Auma (VC)
5. Juliet Nandawula
6. Flavia Agenorwot
7. Ritta Nadunga
8. Winnie Nabulo
9. Mary Kyoita
10. Samiya Ayikoru
11. Trusty Angeyo
12. Immaculate Mufuwa

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