The final squad cut-down came after months of preparations with 35 invited players which started training and trial session at the Prince of Wales School oval at Kingtom. After months of matches, the squad was again reduced to 18 players before the final selection was made yesterday (August 23rd 2016).
With such responsibility on his shoulder, the youngster said the team is in high spirit and set to battle hard for the championship trophy.
“As one of the youngest players who recently helped the senior team gain promotion to ICC Africa Division One, I will use my experience to motivate my teammate for us to lift the U-19 trophy,” Ngegba said adding that the team has improved on their balance and spin bowling which was previously lacking.
Sierra Leone will battle against West African duo; Ghana and Nigeria and also Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia and Botswana for the title. The tournament is designed for a One Day International (ODI) format of 50 overs per match and only the tournament champion will progress to the next stage of the U-19 world cup.
The full list of 14 players; Ibrahim Bundu, John Bangura, Martin Bockarie, Osman Thomas Sankoh, Yegbeh Jalloh, George Edward Ngbegba, Haroun Kamara, Aruna Kainnessie, Charles Browne, Sahr Gbla, Eric Musa Turay, Charles Kargbo, Chernor Bah and James Franklyin Bangura.