Uganda make Singapore pay for ‘flat’ showing

Uganda make Singapore pay for ‘flat’ showing
Singapore netballer Lin Qingyi (jumping) in action in a match against the Malaysian netball team.

SINGAPORE- They have yet to play enough matches internationally to warrant earning a world ranking but Uganda's netballers are no minnows.

Yesterday, the Africans trounced Singapore 60-32 in the Nations Cup at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall, handing the hosts their first loss after four matches.

Singapore had entered the match expecting a tough fight against a team they had never met.

Uganda had finished third in the African Championships earlier this year, behind Malawi (world No.5) and South Africa (world No.6).

But it was also clear that the Republic, the reigning Asian champions and ranked 21st in the world, were not at their best yesterday.

"I think we were flat," said coach Ruth Aitken after the match. "But I definitely felt Uganda also really stepped up, and they've been the big improvement (of the tournament) as the week went on."

While shooters like Cassandra Soh and Chen Huifen were on fire - sending the ball through the hoop 91 per cent and 100 per cent of the time respectively - Singapore suffered in their passing accuracy mid-court.

Said Aitken, a New Zealander who had won the world championship both as a player and coach: "It (passing accuracy) certainly wasn't at its best but that's because of the pressure Uganda were putting on.

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