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Sierra Leone Sports: Cricket delegation departs today

An 18 man cricket delegation of 14 players and four officials will leave today, Wednesday 27 February 2019, for South Africa, to train and attend a qualifier in Windhoek, Namibia. According to the leader of delegation, Francis Samura, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said the delegation will depart from the Siaka Stevens Stadium after visiting the Ministry of Sport. He said the team will arrive in Namibia on the 15 March 2019 and continue training before participating in an ICC protocol meeting with other participating teams, umpires, tournament director, ICC cricket development officer Africa, and other important officials connected to the tournament. Namibia will host Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and matches will be played at Wanderers, the WAP fields and Trustco United. The winning country is set to qualify for the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup to be held in South Africa. Cricket Namibia said the broader squad was identified in 2018 and has been competing in a variety of preparatory matches in the Castle Lite Premier League this season as well as other practice sessions and camps. The final squad has been selected and was announced to the media this week. “We expect Uganda and Kenya to be our main opposition but we will be treating all teams as potential threats,” they added. Cricket Namibia said in terms of preparations, the association is ready to host the nations. “Namibia is blessed to have all of the facilities for hosting this type of international events from hotels, medical services and transportation companies through to international standard turf pitches. We have hosted similar events in the past and are confident of our ability to do so again,” the added.

26/2/19

By Bernard Turay

Tel: 077579484/076829887

Wednesday February 27, 2019.

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