Host’s Zimbabwe take on Mozambique in tournament opener
Kenya battle Namibia at Takashinga
Uganda looking to defend the title they won in Windhoek in 2017
A busy, and pivotal week lies in wait for Africa’s women, as they will do battle for the coveted International Cricket Councile Women’s World Cup and Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier slots in Harare.
The ICC Women’s Qualifier, Africa 2019, begins in earnest on Sunday, with the hosts set to get the ball rolling against Mozambique with defending champions Uganda also in action against Sierra Leone.
The tournament will be looking to build on an excellent run of African qualifying events of late, after a dramatic Under-19 tournament in Namibia, as well as the rapidly approaching Men’s T20 World Cup , Africa Finals tournament in Uganda later this month.
Uganda are the defending champions for the women’s tournament, having memorably held off Zimbabwe in Windhoek two years ago.
The hosts will be out to settle that score, and also to do well in front of their home supporters.
As women’s cricket continues to flourish in Africa, it is tournaments of this nature that will ensure that the game thrives even further, and this is thus an important week for the region.
The group winners at the end of the week will contest the final, where the winner will seal passage to the Global Qualifiers.
In every sense, then, this is a massive week in Zimbabwe.
GROUP A: ZIMBABWE, TANZANIA, NIGERIA, MOZAMBIQUE, RWANDA
GROUP B: UGANDA, KENYA, NAMIBIA, SIERRA LEONE
Margaret Ngoche, Queentor Abel, Sarah Wetoto, Daisy Njoroge, Silvia Kinyua, Lavendah Idambo, Mercyline Ochieng, Monicah Ndhambi, Mary Mwangi, Esther Wachira, Sharon Juma, Veronica Abuga, Teresia Mwangi, Venasa Ooko
Maria Matine, Rosalia Haiong, Palmira Cuinica (capt), Olga Mondlane, Eulalia Moiane, Cristina Magaia, Isabel Chuma, Fatima Guiriggo, Cecilia Murrombe, Olga Matsolo, Angelica Salomao, Jessica Sainda, Alcinda Cossa, Atalia Monjane
Yasmeen Khan (capt), Sune Wittmann, Kayleen Green, Sylvia Shihepo, Victoria Hamunyela, Dietlind Foerster, Wilka Mwatile, Reehana Khan, Adri van der Merwe, Eveleen Kejarukua, Constancia Kauripeke, Irene van Zyl, Juriene Diergaardt, Maryke Short
Blessing Etim, Samantha Agazuma, Rachael Samson, Blessing Frank, Agatha Obulor, Abdulquadri Taiwo, Hannah Ayoka, Blessing Nwobodo, Mary Desmond, Joy Efosa, Grace EphraimFate Fryneface, Oyewole Sharikat Onyonke, Abigail Igbobie
Veronique Iriho, Diane Dsabemungu, Antoinate Uwimbabazi, Marie Bimenyimania, MargueriteVumuliya, Giselle Ishimwe, Sifa Ingabire, Cathia Uwamahoro, Sarah Uwera, Josiane Nyirankudineza, Alice Ikuzwe, Henriette Ishimwe, Immaculee Muhawenimana, Delphine Mukaruragwa
Linda Bull (captain), Aminata Kamara, Ramata Kassim, Isatu Koroma, Adama Kamara, Sunkarie Koroma, Mary Sheriff, Mabinty Sankoh, Marie Turay, Mabinty King, Festina-Max Bangura, Zainab Kamara, Nancy Squire, Ann Marie Kamara, Janet Kowa
Fatuma Omari Kibasu, Monica Pascal, Linda Massawe, Tatu Shabani, Neema Pius, Saum Mtae, Tabu Omary, Hudaa Omary, Shufaa Mohamedi, Nasra Saidi, Zinaida Finkili, Nuru Tindo, Perice Mamunya, Getrude Mushi
Rila Musamali, Janet Mbabazi, Racheal Nkono, Immaculate Nakisbuyi, Joyce Apia, Stephanie Nampina, Frankline Najumba, Kevin Awino, Damati Busingye, Maria Kagoya, Kayondo Bagenda, Evlyn Anyico, Coney Aweko, Sarah Waleza
Mary-Anne Musonda, Ashley Ndiyara, Chipo Tripano, Precious Marange, Anesu Mushangwe, Nomvelo Sibanda, Shame Mayers, Loryn Phiri, Josephine Nkomo, Audrey Mazvishaya, Chiedza Dhururu, Nomatter Mutasa, Tasmeen Granger, Modester Mupachikwa.
Day one fixtures
GOUP A : Zimbabwe vs Mozambique, Nigeria vs Rwanda
GROUP B: Namibia vs Kenya, Uganda vs Sierra Leone