LADY Chevrons coach Adam Chifo says their recent successful tour of Uganda gave them a lot of confidence and self-belief ahead of their International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Women’s Qualifier 2019 which start on Sunday in Harare.
The ICC Africa Women’s Qualifier runs from 5 to 12 May. The Mary-Anne Musonda-captained Zimbabwe were in top form last month when they won the Victoria Triangular Series in Uganda without losing a single game in the series versus Kenya and the host nation.
“We did not lose a single match in Uganda and that has given us lots of confidence and self-belief. After the Uganda tour we had some touch-ups on a few areas and I’ m glad that we managed to play some practice matches before the ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa 2019,” said Chifo whose charges will take on Mozambique in their opening fixture.
The Lady Chevrons were drawn in the same group with Tanzania, Nigeria, Mozambique and Rwanda while Uganda, Kenya, Namibia as well a Sierra Leone are in the other pool.
Winners of each group will then clash in the final set for Harare Sports Club on 12 May.
After Zimbabwe’s opening encounter against Mozambique on Sunday, Uganda will take on Sierra Leone in the afternoon match on the same day, also at Old Hararians.
Across the capital, the first match will see Takashinga Cricket Club playing host to the Namibia versus Kenya clash in the morning and Nigeria against Rwanda in the afternoon.
Not only is the nine-team Twenty20 competition serving as part of the pathway for next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia, but will also help decide the participants in the next 50-over ICC Women’s World Cup to be staged in New Zealand in 2021.
Only the winners of the regional tournament will proceed to the next and final qualifying stage, the ICC Women’s Qualifier Global competition.