Zambia Daily Mail by Online Editor on 5/23/13
By ELIZABETH CHATUVELA ZAMBIA will face neighbours Namibia and East Africa giants Tanzania in the 2014 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup under-19 qualifiers this weekend in Uganda. And Government through the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) has given Zambia Cricket Union (ZCU) KR25,000 to enable it send a team to the tournament. ZCU president Reuben Chama said in an interview from Kitwe yesterday that Zambia has been drawn in Group A with Namibia, Tanzania and host Uganda. Group B has Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The top team in Group A will face the runners-up in Group B. Runners up in Group A play Group B winners in the semi-finals. The top two finishers qualify for the 2014 finals at venue yet to be named. Chama said Zambia, who will be competing at the tournament for the first time in four years, was ready for the challenge ahead. He said the boys, who are under the tutelage of Brian Yambayamba, have been training for the past three weeks. “Initially, the qualifiers were supposed to be held in August this year, but the fixtures have been pushed forward. Like all the teams, we were also caught unaware and we can only hope for the best,” Chama said. He said the team, which leaves today, will be accompanied by team manager Ng’andu Yandikani and NSCZ board member Ian Mbewe as delegation leader. On Government’s sponsorship, Chama said the ZCU is grateful for the gesture and that this has motivated the team. He said the players are aware of the task ahead, and will work hard to get good results. ‘I have told the players to have a mentality of boxing legend Mohammed Ali, who always wanted to beat his opponents,” he said.