The Uganda Netball Federation has unveiled the evergreen Fred Mugerwa to take the coaching mantle at the helm of the She-Cranes netball team beating other 30 applicants who showed interests in the job.
Mugerwa who was unveiled by the UNF President Sarah Babirye Kityo at a ceremony held at Agha Khan Building in Kampala takes over from Vicent Kiwanuka and will work along side Sarah Namuddu and Harriet Kabuye as first and second assistant coaches.
This appointment with the she-cranes will be the first time in history of Uganda Netball for a national team for the Cranes to have a contracted Head Coach, the rest have been appointments for certain tournaments.
Speaking to the media Mugerwa emphasized on player first mentality.
I for one have always been pro-players who have made me who i am, minus the players i cant be the coach.
I am so happy for the appointment and returning to the same position where i was unceremoniously sacked on grounds of malice but i want to be given liberty so that when the team fails,then i am the one to be sacked.
Fred Mugerwa will role down emphasis on players positive treatment during his contract as the She-Cranes enter residential training camp in Budo.
The position for the Head coach was advertised last July and drew in various applicants like Nelson Bogere, Vicent Kiwanuka who won Uganda the 2018 Africa Netball Championship title in Lusaka Zambia.
Uganda Netball Federation President Sarah Babirye Kityo was bullish with the appointment but sent strong targets for the newly appointed Coach Team.
we have given them a contract of two years, we thing in two years time one will be able to tell us we have had such international engagements, regional tournaments and different engagements, this is our performance will rate them appraise them, re-appoint them or disappoint them.
Fred Mugerwa at the same appointment event announced a 23 player squad to take part in a residential training camp for the upcoming world cup qualifiers in Namibia on the 28th October and 19th November.
The She Cranes team
Achan Jesca (Prisons), Lillian Ajio (Prisons), Viola Asingo (Prisons), Maggie Bagala (NIC), Irene Eyaru (KCCA), Asiina Kabandeera,(Weyonje), Faridah Kadondi (Weyonje), Privas Kayenyi (NIC), Norah Lukuuse (KCCA), Ruth Meeme (Prisons), Hadijja Nakabuye (Prisons), Fauzia Nakibuule (KCCA), Sarah Nakiyunga (NIC), Shaffie Nalwanja (KCCA), Sandra Nambirige (KCCA), Joan Nampungu (NIC), Shadia Nassanga (KCCA), Sylvia Nanyonga (Prisons), Racheal Nanyonga (NIC), Desire Obua Birungi (NIC), Sebi Nusura (Police), Stella Oyella (NIC), Alicia Wasagala (Prisons)