CRICKET: Cricketers in camp for Africa Cup

Monday December 29 2014

By Suleiman Jongo,The Citizen reporter

Dar es Salaam. The national youth cricket team players report at Muhimbili Academy today for residential training ahead of next year’s ICC-Africa Under-19 Division 1 World Cup qualifiers.

The team’s head coach, Hamis Abdallah, said yesterday that the team will undergo a two-month camp before heading to Windhoek, Namibia early February for the qualifiers.

“All national Under-19 team players are expected to report at camp tomorrow (today) for residential training for the ICC-Africa Division 1 World Cup qualifiers,” said Abdallah.

‘We will polish them on batting and fielding for two or so weeks before drilling them on fielding and other tactics,” he added.

The cricketers were on a week-long recess after returning home recently from Kenya where they played a series of warm-ups.

Abdallah voiced optimism that the team will perform impressively in the World Cup qualifying championship in Namibia.

To ensure they make a mark in the Namibia qualifiers, the Tanzanian boys will play at least two build-up matches, according to Abdallah.

Early this month, they played international friendly matches in Kenya against other youth sides from Uganda, Rwanda and hosts Kenya.

The coach believes the youth outfit acquired the exposure they need to make Tanzanians proud during the qualifiers.

Two or months ago, the Tanzanian boys snatched the ICC Africa Under-19 tournament after winning all their five games in Lusaka, Zambia.

Their outstanding performance earned them direct promotion to Division One.