Zambian netballers thumped again

The Zambia netball team on Wednesday suffered a second 36-59 loss to Uganda’s She Cranes at the on-going 2015 Diamond Challenge netball tournament at Ugu Sports Centre, Durban, South Africa.

This was the first victory for Uganda at the tournament after they lost 40-51 to Malawi in their first game.

The She Cranes dominated the opening quarter with a 14-8 lead that saw Zambia’s defence fail to match the pace of the goal shooters.

However the Zambian Queens upped their game which resulted in ending the half time on 20-27, seven goals behind Uganda.

The She Cranes returned in the final half full flagged dominating the game with their skipper and shooter Peace Proscovia netting a bulk of 16 goals.

Uganda’s Rachael Nanyonga was voted the most outstanding player on the night and pocketed R3000 cash prize.

In the earlier match of the day, hosts South Africa recorded their second victory of the campaign after they beat Malawi 43-33.

The Malawi Queens who had beaten the She Cranes 51-40 in their first match were on the receiving end for the long spells of the game.

South Africa led 13-9, 22-16, 33-24 and 43-33 in the four respective quarters of the game.

Zambia was last night scheduled to clash with Malawi.

The four teams are using the tournament in preparation for the Sydney 2015 World Cup Championships slated for August 7 to 14.