Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA), Francis Trevor Samura said Sierra Leone now has a slim chance of qualifying to the next round of ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup qualifier.
Samura together with other officials are presently in South Africa with the national team in the ongoing ICC-Africa Div II tournament as they battle against six other nations; Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia and Rwanda for the two allocated qualifying spot.
Samura said: “Sierra Leone’s chances to qualify is slim as our destiny isn't in our hands. The realistic position is 3rd which will also be an achievement as far as ICC's key performance indicators are concerned.
“However, Sierra Leone must beat Botswana by a bigger margin, like score seven runs and over against Rwanda and concede a low deficit. All I can say to our team is to win against Botswana and Rwanda with superior net run rate and see what will come out of the other matches then we will have hopes of qualifying.”
Nigeria’s undefeated run in the tournament came to a climax at the ‘B’ Field of Sahara Park Willowmoore. The Nigerian’s chose to bat after winning their toss against Botswana.
The West Africans were all out for 101 runs in 39.3 overs. Botswana very conscious about the challenge ahead went very hard after this target even though they lost their first wicket in the 6th over but never lost sight of the goal.
The match went down to the wire with Botswana needed 1 run in with 1 wicket remaining. Definitely not what Nigeria envisaged at the start of the innings as Botswana were victorious in their 103 for 9 in 31.5 overs.