SINGAPORE- Dancing to celebratory music after their 52-29 victory over Singapore in yesterday's Nations Cup final, Uganda had the perfect coming-out party to announce their arrival on the international netball stage.
The debutantes, unranked due to a lack of international exposure, dominated the match at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall.
For a team that were not sure they had secured enough funding to travel here until days before the event, lifting the trophy - and gaining a world ranking that would be announced later - felt all the sweeter.
Said captain and goal-shooter Peace Proscovia after the match: "We are overwhelmed with joy. This puts a smile on our face."
Uganda outscored and outplayed hosts Singapore through all four quarters.
But the Republic at least looked less helpless yesterday than earlier in the week when they were trounced 32-60 in the round-robin stage.
Said national coach Ruth Aitken: "We were really challenged in the first half in terms of getting our flow and attack but we adjusted a lot better after the break."
Singapore, playing their first Nations Cup without stalwart Jean Ng for the first time, were down 12-29 by half time but posted a strong third quarter where they scored 12 times to Uganda's 13.