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African Games 2023: Lady Cranes claim Gold

by James Kavuma
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The Uganda Lady Cranes have concluded their business in Accra with the Gold medal having topped the table at the end of day 3.

The Lady Cranes emerged as the only unbeaten ladies’ side, counting four wins from four games.

Coach Charles Onen’s ladies started their account with a 37-07 mauling of Tunisia, scoring 27 unanswered points in the second half, after being only 10-07 up at halftime.

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For their second game, the Lady Cranes put the hammer down on the hosts Ghana, winning 50-07, despite going down 00-07 inside the first minute.

On the second day, the ladies confirmed the worst-case scenario of a silver medal after beating Nigeria 33-12, with the deciding (Golden) game against Madagascar.

“It’s a big worry that we have to concede before we tighten our defense and then get on the attack. It puts us on too much pressure, something we need to address quickly,” said Onen in an interview with Kawowo Sports’s Ernest Akorebirungi.

Madagascar would suffer a loss to start day 3 (10-15 to Ghana) which meant Uganda only needed a losing bonus to win Gold. The ladies heard their coaches cry and shut out Madagascar for the fourth and final win.

The Lady Cranes came out flying, running with a 29-00 victory to seal the game, and win Gold.

The tournament’s success is a stamp of approval the ladies gave their coach Onen Charles who set for them a target of the top spot before the start of the Africa Games.

The Lady Cranes take this win as a boost ahead of the third installation of the HSBC Challenger Series at Henryk Reyman’s Municipal Stadium in Krakow, Poland on 18-19 May.

Uganda lies in fourth (tied on points with Belgium in third and only down on points difference), four points ahead of the Kenya Lionesses in fifth.

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