“As the captain what I would say is that, I believe that Uganda has the potential within. We have the potential,” said Proscovia to Sky Sports.
“We have everything within us that can help us actually even win that game.
“Yes, I admit that England are a very big team and a team that are to fear. But, being given that opportunity to play against England in the Test series and in the previous games, we’ve gained confidence.”
Although the series in December resulted in three losses for the She Cranes, they asked questions of England.
The close nature of that first Test coupled with their work throughout the series has boosted Proscovia, who is an official ambassador for the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019, and her players.
“We’ve gained confidence to think ‘Yes we can do this’, and the level of netball has grown so much that there’s no team that can be underestimated. Every team seems to be equal.”
As Proscovia says, the 15th edition of netball’s premier tournament promises to be the most competitive and dynamic in its history.
In the four years since the last competition, so many of the qualified teams have made considerable improvements. The improvements have been driven by players, like Proscovia, gaining experience in the best leagues in the world.
The 6ft 4in shooter will be known to all in England after her time with Loughborough Lightning in the Vitality Netball Superleague. Between her arrival in 2015, and her departure at the end of last domestic season, the 29-year-old helped Loughborough progress to two Grand Finals and take a Fast5 victory.
On an individual note she was named Player of the Season, Player’s Player of the Season and Golden Shooter at the Vitality Netball Superleague awards in 2018.
Since then, Proscovia has made the journey to Australia to ply her trade in the Suncorp Super Netball League. The fact that she was replacing Caitlin Bassett at Sunshine Coast Lightning says so much about the talent that she possesses.
“The netball here [in Super Netball] has a very high intensity which is good and that’s how the World Cup is,” she said.
“It really gives me an open mind moving forwards to World Cup and it’s one of the greatest opportunities, to play here before the World Cup.”
Proscovia has already made a name for herself in Australia through her exceptional work on court and the inspirational path she has navigated with bravery and determination.
The 29-year-old has shown incredible fortitude and courage to strive for a sport that she loves. She came from one of the poorest regions in Uganda and pursued a career that went against the wishes of her father and the cultural norms. Every moment that Proscovia is on the court, you can almost tangibly feel the determination and emotion that’s driving her; she is a role model for so many and a truly inspirational individual. Read More