Sierra Leone’s U-19 cricket team will depart for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup qualifier division II in South Africa.
Before flying out, the 17-man delegation which includes 14 players and three officials was presented to the Sports Minister, Ahmed Khanou last Tuesday at his Bishop House Office.
Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA), Francis Trevor Samura who also doubles as team manager is hopeful that the boys will display their best throughout the tournament and secure promotion to Africa division one.
He said: “We have worked harder to ensure that we participate well and emerge as winners of the tournament God willing and gain promotion to the Africa Division (1) level which is a step to ICC U19 World Cup 2018.
“The tournament will be highly competitive and the stakes are higher. We are not underrating any team in the competition. We have respect for all participating teams but we hope to make it irrespective of the huge financial and weather challenges we had during preparation.”
Sierra Leone will face Tanzania in the first match of the tournament before taking on their West African opponents; Ghana and Nigeria respectively. The team will also battle against Zambia, Botswana and Rwanda to secure the only qualification berth.
Sierra Leone delegation; Beresford Bournes-Coker (Head of Delegation) Francis Samura (Team Manager), George Kpundeh (Head Coach); George Edward Ngegba (Captain), John Bangura, Ibrahim Bundu, Haroun Kamara, Aruna Kainnessie, Charles Browne, Martin Bockarie Sahr Gbla, Charles Kargbo, Chernor Bah, Osman Thomas Sankoh, Yegbeh Jalloh, Eric Musa Turay and James Franklyn Bangura.