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Sept. 21, 2021

TEBOHO JAFETA

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Lesotho cricket team heads for World Cup qualifiers

Lesotho cricket team heads for World Cup qualifiers

The Lesotho National Cricket team in action

Story highlights

  • Provisional team of 20 to be reduced to 16
  • Sponsorships are hard to get due to Covid-19

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LESOTHO men national cricket team will head for Rwanda for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Africa Sub-Regional Qualifier tournament set for October 14 until 23.

Lesotho Cricket Association Media Liaison Officer, Clifford Molefe told Metro that the team commenced its preparation in 2019 as the tournament was initially scheduled for 2020 but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have a provisional team of 20 people, which will later on be cut down to 16, being 14 players and two officials. The team is led by Mahloane Theko as the head coach while Bongane Mosiuoa is the Team Manager,” he commented.  

Molefe added that the final squad should comprise 16 people as per the International Cricket Council (ICC) requirement.

The ICC is the main sponsor of the trip it told all the member associations that it will only afford to sponsor 16 people per team. 

“The ICC mentioned that if any member association needs to have more people on the trip, they should sponsor those extra people with everything, so in our case, we cannot afford to sponsor extra people because our coffers are dry,” he noted.  

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He said they keep approaching potential sponsors for assistance but their efforts have so far been unsuccessful with most companies blaming the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament comprises two groups and Lesotho are in Group A alongside hosts Rwanda, Malawi, Seychelles, Uganda, Ghana and Eswatini while Botswana, Cameroon, Tanzania, Mozambique, Saint Helena, Sierra Leone are in Group B. 

The Group B tournament commences on October 31 until November 8. 

Two top teams from each group will proceed to the Africa Regional Final to compete against Kenya and Nigeria on November 21 still in Rwanda.  

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